AFGHANISTAN: Amir into King

Pompous street criers strode last week through the narrow, vile and crowded thoroughfares of Kabul, capital of Afghanistan. What the criers intoned in majestic Persian, their attendants translated freely into vulgar Pushtoo. Soon the 100,000 citizens of Kabul rejoiced that there Amir* ("Sovereign Lord") Amanullah Khan had conferred upon himself by proclamation the title "King."

By treaty (1921) Great Britain recognized the complete independence of Afghanistan. At Kabul, the self-proclaimed King and his well-armed and warlike people command all the northern passes through the Hindu Kush—the highways trod by Alexander the Great, by...

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