He liked to cast himself as one of the few honest men in Kandahar, a plucky troublemaker not afraid to stick a finger in the eye of authority or vested interests.Tim Blair reminds us of the obvious, lest we be accused of bigotry by our peace-loving friends. Someone's head might explode.
And in the end, those traits might have contributed to the brutal death of Ghulam Haider Hamidi, the outspoken mayor of Kandahar city.
He had survived previous attempts to kill him, but a suicide bomber with explosives concealed in his turban assassinated Hamidi on Wednesday.
Hamidi, 65, was the third high-ranking official in the volatile southern Afghan province to be murdered this year. The president's half brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai, and the provincial police chief, Gen. Khan Mohammad Mujahid, were killed earlier.
Until we know otherwise, it’s probably safest to assume that this fellow is a Norwegian Christian.