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Baghdad: you don't want to know

In James Meek’s recent novel We Are Now Beginning Our Descent, a troubled hack returns from Afghanistan, goes to a dinner party in Clapham. The host, a rich leftist, making conversation, just trying to be polite, asks “What was it like in Afghanistan?” Our hero replies, “You don’t want to know.” The host tells him of course he wants to know, why wouldn’t he want to know? Our hero continues to demur, the host continues to…

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