Afghanistan: Ben Hammersley update Ben

by Nathan Hamm on 8/29/2003

Afghanistan: Ben Hammersley update
Ben Hammersley’s Dangerous Precedent has an update in which he shops

“One store we visited tried to sell me a bullwhip. Ah,
cool, I thought. Indiana Jones. No, says the shopkeeper, from the
Taliban time. For women, he says, and looks away.”

Now, I think I would buy this. No, I would definitely buy this. I plan
on having children someday, and just imagine the power and authority
that having a “Taliban bullwhip” would give me as a parent. It’s so
much tougher than Bernie Mac’s “Big Momma’s Belt.”
I think it would have been a lot easier for my dad to get my brothers
and I to do yard work if he could have quickly resorted to threatening
us with a “medieval Muslim ass-whupping.”


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Nathan is the founder and Principal Analyst for Registan, which he launched in 2003. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan 2000-2001 and received his MA in Central Asian Studies from the University of Washington in 2007. Since 2007, he has worked full-time as an analyst, consulting with private and government clients on Central Asian affairs, specializing in how socio-cultural and political factors shape risks and opportunities and how organizations can adjust their strategic and operational plans to account for these variables. More information on Registan's services can be found here, and Nathan can be contacted via Twitter or email.

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