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JM

"Like I have a responsibility to be more coherent and formal and treat the blog like a series of essays carefully thought through."

Well shit, if you did that then you wouldn't be badgerbag now would you? I mean that as a compliment.

JM

err, less ambiguous, I mean "you have good brain spew."

Suzanne

Thanks for pointing out that people have needs too. It shocks me how many people are willing to donate money to save animals here and around the world, but would basically leave a fellow human being starving.

cynthia

Rory Stewart was being interviewed on NPR's Fresh Air (by Terry Gross's substitute host) this morning as I drove into work. I was astonished when he said that a Iraqi province that had Italian occupying forces that weren't really active in enforcement ended up being actually more stable than a neighboring British-governed province where the occupation took a much more active stance. I'll have to listen to the interview again to get a better sense of it.

Sasha

I find you are the one of the few who are not impressed with Mr Stewart. Have you read his other, "Prince of the Marshes"?
"I had not seen such conditions in Afghanistan. These humans could do almost nothing for themselves. Half were blind, all were missing digits and struggled to walk. Their families had disowned them. They were only alive because villagers occasionally dropped scraps of food on the edge of the road, three hundred meters from their compound.
"Back at the office I asked Charlie Morris to prepare a project to build a new house for the lepers, with a generator and running water." (page 54) He did very much to help in Iraq, and I believe he helped with some rebuilding in Afghanistan?
"Fine... animals... but to be all bleeding heart over animals when people are in horrible poverty is wrong."
No one ever said he didn't care about the people. Nice job. Who knew you could read minds. Goodness, he's only walking through the place.
"At least the Kite Runner book had the decency to put its reader-rescue fantasy into a human being not a dog...."
Just wanna say quick, I enjoyed that book too. It was pretty good...but if you read his Acknowledgements [in PLACES]:
"Throughout the walk I was inspired by the courage and determination of Mohammed Oraz, who walked for three months beside me across Iran. I had hoped to finish the journey beside him. He was killed in an avalanche on the summit of Gasherbrum 1, his sixth eight-thousand nine meter peak, in September 2003." I
read an article of his about Mohammed Oraz. Rory wrote in another article of his:
"Someone called me to say Mohammed had been caught in an avalanche near the summit of Gasherbrum 1 in the Himalayas. Having falling 500ft, he was dug out, unconscious, and carried for a week to a hospital in Islamabad, where he was in a coma. I got my vias and flew there.
"Standing by Mohammed's bed, I was struck by how much weight he had lost. His face was scarred and sunken. As I took his hand, he opened his eyes.
"I think he recognised me. The next day, heavily sedated, there was no reacion from him. He died the following day.
"...In lots of ways he's with me still. He taught me so much about myself and Iran. He made me braver. In those two years, his was the only strong friendship I made. I miss him very much." Personally I feel terrible for Mr Stewart, he obviously had many feelings for this man (friendship). Quite frankly, he wasn't just all "bleeding heart" for animals. Why do you think he's worked so much in the Foreign Office, Iraq, and now in Afghanistan? Also awarded OBE [Officer].

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And don't say I'm being paid by anyone to say this, it's just my opinion I felt I needed to share. ;)

badgerbag

Okay, I was a little harsh, but seriously now. $900,000 to save the lion!

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