The Kite Runner

who are the shorawi? how do they connect with Ronald reagan? baba? chapter 11


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Shorawi is the Farsi term for the Soviets, who invaded Afghanistan in 1979 and occupied the country for a decade. Amir explains that Baba loved "the idea of America" so much that it gave him an ulcer. He believed that the only worthwhile countries were America, Israel and Britain, even though his support of Israel drew accusations from other Afghanis of his being anti-Islam. He was the only Republican among their blue-collar neighbors and even hung a framed picture of Ronald Reagan in their apartment