22 October, 2020

Dudes And The Dog

Dudes And The Dog
The men were armed to the teeth but it was clearly the dog who was calling the shots. The American bodyguards protecting Afghan president Hamid Karzai are straight out of a comic book. Wrap-around sunglasses, guns strapped to every limb and the surly politeness which is supposed to convey "Cross me and I'll kill you". Getting into the palace to interview Mr Karzai is an intimidating affair. I'm not sure I've ever been groped as much in my life (I now know what it feels like to be a teenage girl on a rush hour bus in Delhi). But then suddenly the ritual humiliation ground to a halt and a large man with a large gun and an even larger stomach (the cream of the security crop are apparently making big bucks in Baghdad) wandered over sheepishly and made his confession. "Er, I'm sorry sir," he said in a southern drawl, "but we weren't expecting you so early and the dog doesn't start work until eight". My polite suggestion that they wake him up nearly lost me my front teeth, so instead we just kicked our heels in...


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