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The essay then shifts towards a discussion of internal Afghan divisions—namely between Daud Khan and King Zahir Shah.  The former is an ascendant “Communist kisser”, while the latter is portrayed as chiefly concerned with his allowance and “dancing girls”.  “In a land where there are few written laws, Daud rules arbitrarily with the backing of the motley 50,000-man army and the help of about 20,000 police. He gives the king a $3 million annual allowance. The king increases it to $5 million by adroit if questionable financial dealings which permit him to enjoy his palaces, expensive autos and dancing girls.”    Though the 1950s are generally viewed by today’s standards as a comparative golden period, the essay notes, in one prescient sentence: “The regime is generally disliked in the country. The volatile tribesmen who now readily shout the officials slogans for Pushtunistan may someday march on Kabul instead of Karachi.”