At a business appointment in Kabul, 30 March-
CT: Would either of you like some hash?
Me: No…no thanks. You know, I don’t want to do anything that would interfere with my ability to run away from something.
CT: You’d be surprised how the adrenaline kicks in. Anyway, sometimes it’s about knowing when to run away and when not to.
Me: Yeah…but didn’t you get shot?
CT: Well, it’s a judgement call.
On a road trip to Istalif, 2 April-
Mark: Is it safe?
Me: Yeah, of course it’s safe. And anyway, (pointing to the driver) we’ve got Massoud’s bodyguard here to protect us. (Referring to Ahmad Shah Massoud, military commander of the Northern Alliance.)
Mark: Does he have a gun?
Me: No, but he’s got his hands.
Greg: Didn’t Massoud get killed?
Me: …yeah. Shit. Yeah. They assassinated him.