Monday, July 17, 2006
A hope for a ban on bullhorns
Every morning and every afternoon, during the Kabul rush hour, I hear a traffic policeman chastising the driving public. It’s not like the U.S., where you rarely hear a police officer on the bullhorn. But here, you hear the officers scolding and shouting into their bullhorns, the way some fathers scold their children. It’s a continuous speech, not orders – as if someone just gave the officer the bullhorn so he can vent, and perhaps talk about his feelings. It made me laugh at first, but now it just irritates me and makes me anxious.
Three years ago, I watched an ambulance, in a futile attempt to move past the block of standing cars, say, “Az baray khoda, khoda mesharmanee.” (“For the love of God, you’re shaming yourself!”). It didn’t work then and I doubt it works now.
At the end of the day, are the police officers irritated by the sounds of their own voices?