- We have 10 guards on staff at all times. They live with us. They are Kurdish, from areas 200-400 km north. They have no local loyalties at all – no friends, no family, no one to apply pressure here. While it is always possible they could be compromised, it is far less likely.
- We have house staff to do all local things we need, like run the generators, shop, fuel the cars, etc.
- When we leave, the guards sweep the street and secure the immediate area.
- We are armed at all times. On foot, with a pistol. In a car, with an AK-47 as well.
- We now take two cars with at least 3 guards. And we’ve appointed the most experienced and capable guards as our personal ones.
Doesn’t sound much like ensuring/enduring freedom or democracy to me.