Getting Along in Afghanistan

A couple of items to follow up on this column last week, which discussed travel to and in Afghanistan including, among other things, Advice for first-time embeds to Afghanistan:

– Here’s the Survival Guide to Kabul

– Nicholas Kristof offers “advice on how to work in insecure or Taliban areas.”

Tpib And to set the stage, read Rory Stewart’s The Places in Between, about his crazy walk across Afghanistan back in 2002, just after the Taliban was deposed. It’s a quick, two day read that leaves impressions you can sum up in three words: Mud, snow and fear.

Okay, maybe a few more: bluster, brinksmanship, bluntness, dirty, machismo, austerity, and ignorance come to mind.