Canadian diplomats run up $20K booze tab behind Kabul embassy walls

on 25/07/11 at 11:59 am

Booze News

To deal with the stresses of working in a war zone, it seems Canada’s diplomats have turned to the booze.

Hospitality forms, obtained by The Canadian Press, show diplomats in Kabul consumed 3,000 bottles of alcoholic beverages from mid-2007 to last November at a cost to taxpayers of at least $20,000.

Alcoholic ‘bevies’, according to the report,  were shared at staff functions or to entertain visiting Canadian Forces brass.

In Kabul, diplomats also have the option of drowning their sorrows behind the fortified walls of the embassy ‘district’ where there is no shortage of watering holes.

Under Afghan law, anyone caught drinking alcohol can be fined, jailed or whipped. But these rules obviously don’t extend to embassy compounds.

Journalist Seema Jilani posted an editorial for the U.K.’s Guardian newspaper lambasting what she calls the “condescending attitude of foreigners.

“It doesn’t get more colonialist than invading a country, setting up shop, selling a prohibited, culturally and religiously forbidden product like alcohol, and throwing centuries of tradition out the window,” she wrote.

“But of course there is a good reason. For who can go without a beer for six weeks anyway?”


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