the Japanese garden, Kabul 1988- Mujahedin graffiti recounting
an ambush that had taken place just in front of the compound.
It had been a garden donated by the government of Japan and had
once been beautiful. But the sustained corrosive effects of revolution
and civil war had left fewer and fewer things off limits. This
was essentially the handwriting on the wall for things to come.
graffiti had an important distinction from graffiti in Peshawar.
There was no anti-American rhetoric. This particular wall tells
of an ambush nearby and praises God.