3 Responses to “First night in Kabul”

  1. Howard Pflanzer July 11, 2010 at 7:07 pm #

    Dear Kayhan:

    Very interesting how cultural contexts and perceptions shift depending on the viewer and the situation. People always make assumptions and it makes us realize that we do the same about others.


  2. Cal Ward Jr. July 12, 2010 at 8:42 pm #

    It’s the exciting challenge of being just the right kind of peace ambassador or investigative reporter or historian – or, in your case, trying to be a wild combination of all three. Balancing all of your qualities – age, origin, sex, background – to be just the right person to jump right in the middle of it all and walk both sides of the fence.
    No doubt you have The Right Stuff. You wouldn’t have made it this far if you didn’t.
    Knowing when to lay back and blend in and learn as well as when to step up and watch their eyes light up when they realize you’re anything but one of the crowd.
    The language barrier would seem the most difficult. (I have enough of a problem with that in Washington Heights.)
    No Fear. No Hostility. That’s the key.
    The sense of danger may be higher, but I can’t help believing that the basic problems of outreach are the same everywhere. If I were with you, the first mission for myself would be to test that theory. If it weren’t true, the world would have found a way to blow itself up a long time ago.

    I love your video and your observations, but I gotta be careful when I check your blog. Spent most of the afternoon at work pacing and imagining your face and checking updates from the State Department.

    By the way … the coincidence of your arrival with Patraeus was not lost on me, either. Working on the outline of a surrealist play starring you and Patraeus and Rachel Maddow. With a cast of thousands.

    I sent a link of your blog to my buddy in Chicago. He wants to be President of the Kayhan Irani Fan Club.


  1. World Wide News Flash - July 18, 2010

    First night in Kabul « Kayhan Irani's Blog…

    I found your entry interesting do I’ve added a Trackback to it on my weblog :)…

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