It wasnt for the sake of science or exploration
It was ego, pure and simple.
The mountain is known as a killer.
And still he goes up alone.
Except he has a phone.
And with a call he expects other men
to risk their own lives to save him.
Guess what I would not do.
They had apparently entered the country from Pakistan to go sightseeing, . . .
Tourists are rare in Afghanistan, particularly in the south and east, where armed criminal gangs and Taleban fighters are active.
Did they have bundles of money pinned to their sleeves?
You read the papers and you read books
and you are constantly hit in the face
with stories of people who just dont get it.
And all you can do, perhaps all you should do,
is sadly shake your head.
The real tragedy is when other people then die.
Gee Emperor, I think its a real bad idea
to march your army back through Russia in winter.
Or: General, weve seen for a year and a half what
artillery and machine guns can do, so perhaps its
not wise to send masses of troops in straight frontal lines
into No Mans Land.