Ivorybill’s Iraq Journal, a great piece of writing from Kurdistan in Daily Kos, includes this sublime conversation with Ahmed, one of the cab drivers who drove him from Turkey to Kurdish Iraq. “Ahmed’s contact with people outside of Iraq has mostly been with the foreign telecom engineers who erected the (mobile phone) system. The first was a Canadian with a long beard and lots of tattoos. He had a “wolf” at home, possibly a husky, and used to call his wife and ask her to put the dog on the phone. The two would howl at each other. Kurds, like most Muslims, consider dogs unclean. Although they accept them as necessary for protecting sheep, they never keep them as pets. Ahmed could hear the howls over the receiver and considered this behavior incomprehensible”. I can’t imagine why: From my own experience meeting Telco types, it seems par for the course.