Fortnight ago ex-King Amanullah grunted and sweated on a Kandahar platform doing a cloak & box trick to show his people that he was worthy to be their King (TIME, May 27). News from India last week indicated how vain were Amanullah's grunts. Frightened by reports of what Bacha Sakao, the usurping bandit-King, was doing to rebels—firing them from cannon, killing them on the streets— Amanullah's followers continued to desert him in a steady stream. Last week, accompanied by his "beautiful" wife, Queen Thuraya, and his prodigiously fat Brother Inayatullah and...

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