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I take umbrage at the depiction of guards in "Group: U.S. Embassy guards in Kabul are mistreated" (Web, Sept. 1). It is, I find, a candid photo, which appears to be taken at the end of a hash run or perhaps a party; hardly significant to the story at large, and one cannot be certain the persons depicted are whom the story is about. The last paragraph that mentions the Nepalese guards — I take offense to that, as well.

While in Iraq last year, I had the honor of being guarded by Gurkhas. You will not find more loyal guards. Most Gurkhas are retired from Nepalese (British) service. Yes, language can be a barrier for some, but in the guarding of lives (even those for whom English is a challenge), these men memorize the faces of those whom they guard; they know the comings and goings of those they guard and will defend those they guard until death.

That, to me, is the true test of a guard’s mettle, not his language.

Clint MillerRamstein, Germany


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