By: Robert C. O'BrienIn January, I traveled to Afghanistan. It was my first visit since February of 2008. Importantly, there is good news from Kabul. Commerce is flourishing. Having lived along the crossroads of civilizations for thousands of years, Afghans are natural-born traders and shop keepers. Unlike the situation three years ago, the streets are clogged with traffic; the sidewalks are packed with vendors of all manner of goods; and, stores and restaurants line the streets. The Western-oriented hotels are able to host conferences and upscale wedding halls dot the city. Construction and rebuilding is evident throughout Kabul.