Chapter 20 Summary
Tea With the Taliban
Suleman, Greg’s trusted taxi driver, meets Greg and Faisal Baig in Islamabad. He takes them to what he calls “the circus.” The city was designed for the rich, cosmopolitan travelers, and the Marriott Hotel is the five-star seat of luxury in the city. Normally it is rather subdued and fairly empty; today, however, in late September, it is a hive of activity. The “world’s press corps had arrived.” The hotel is using the opportunity to make money, gouging the reporters who are desperate for a decent place to stay and a place from which to film their stories. Although he has been to this hotel, Greg has never stayed there because he could not justify the expense. Kathy...
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