couple more humble pontifications from yours truly

i’m back in the disneyland of the middle east and thankful for a breather from work and life over yonder. these past few days the weather there has taken a sharp turn for the cold and it is nice to be able to swim in the sun after a while. i tell you: take away the regular dubai air service and the booz and ninety some pecent of those who are in afghanistan on excuse of working there will call it quits.

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in other news, here is a humble proposal to declare a moratorium on the use of the following catchphrases: capacity (building and lack of), rights (of the women, children, and human varieties), civil society, progress, change (wonder where that one came from), and …
now before anyone goes up in arms about this obviously chauvinistic proposal, let me say that the overuse of these words in our public discourse have done a great deal of disservice to the actual causes that they used to represent.
take these away and i promise you a good deal of the talking heads of these issues will be left adrift and unable to put together two coherent sentences if their lives depended on it.
(i swear i had to come down and post this because i was already brimming with frustration and this has not won me many friends here because i just can’t stand it and can’t help but make snide remarks.)

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also, it is hereby pontificated that from today forth on pain of death a fatwa is in effect about starting presentations -that do not actually, directly deal with the political history of the afghan state- with a sweeping and emotionally laden and nostalgic backgrounder that usually takes up a good half of any speaker’s time no matter what the subject -women’s rights or water rights.

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lastly, all foreign advisors are hereby advised that those among them who complain about lack of capacity and use it as a cop out for why they are not able to get things done around here -which is pretty much one hundred percent of the time- are to be stripped of their visas and boasting rights about having worked in afghanistan and barred from the country forever. yes, i know the arguments and the facts, but this is getting rediculous folks. besides, the arrogance and condescension is unbearable.

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there, i feel lighter.

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at some point i will remember to insert the proper links in this post to that harirud post on loc (here is a hint: it does not stand for line of control anymore folks) and previous posts on this blog about the same, and about good old dxb.

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~ by safrang on November 23, 2008.

2 Responses to “couple more humble pontifications from yours truly”

  1. I enjoyed this.. a lot.

  2. This post was delightful. I sent it to my boss. We have people in Afghanistan, and I think your rant probably applies to them. 😀

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