A few years ago, a friend with a crafty streak surprised me with a pair of geopolitical hand puppets. They have papier-mâché heads adorned with black felt hair, and they sport camouflage and combat boots. There are detachable moustaches. They came in their own box labelled “Super Fantastic Generic Middle East Combatant Hand Puppets.” I love them. In a fire, I would grab them before the laptop I’m writing this on.
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