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The Man Who Would Be Taliban

By TOBIN HARSHAW

Turnabout is fair play. That’s as true in Afghanistan, where “fair play” is a rather flexible concept, as it is anywhere. “In any place where they fight, a man who knows how to drill men can always be a king” insisted Dravot, one of the two Europeans in Kipling’s “Man Who Would Be King” who manage to hoodwink an Afghan tribe into believing in their royal status, at least for a while. Indeed, historically, Westerners of dubious character have had a knack for bluffing their ways to positions of prominence during times of strife. Consider Dravot’s real-life inspiration: Josiah Harlan, an American charlatan who in 1848 declared himself the prince of Ghor in central Afghanistan. (One of Harlan’s descendants, a horror-movie actor, is convinced that the royal title remains in the family.)

So perhaps we should not be surprised that even today the Afghan

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Added: Nov-27-2010 Occurred On: Nov-25-2010
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    • Yes, look up 'Flashman' on Amazon, classic series, and the first one about the Retreat from Kabul, is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand why Afghan is the most duplicitous place on earth, oh and really funny as well

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    • Yeah, really good, I've only read the first one, but it had me in stitches from beginning to end

      The bit where the Governor thinks he making a peace deal and then gets chopped to bits! Oh dear...

      I guess at least the US ambassador to Afghan doesn't have to worry about his body parts being nailed up to the Kabul Bazaar gates! Lol

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