The Afghan capital, far and away its largest city, is safer than ever by most measures. Of course, not all is well. In addition to the Serena attack, a popular Lebanese restaurant was bombed this past winter and many expatriates killed; a Norwegian journalist was recently murdered in cold blood on a street by a fringe insurgent group.
Don’t get me wrong. I fall into the “Afghanistan is doing better than you probably think” camp. But if you are going to write a piece like that, don’t do it on the back of a one-week Thomas Cook US military tour of all its successes, where they probably wouldn’t let you leave their closely guarded bases – and why not check the nationality of Nils Horner? Swedish or British but not Norwegian.