From "The Desert War," an article on Yemen by Robert F. Worth in today's Sunday New York Times (Magazine Section, p. 37):
Last year I expected to see at least a few government soldiers when I visited the ancient city of Shibam in Hadramawt, the vast eastern province where Osama bin Laden's father was born. A few months earlier, four South Korean tourists were blown up by a suicide bomber as they admired the view of Shibam from across the valley. I was a little nervous. "Don't worry," my guide said, patting my shoulder as we walked up to the ridge where the Koreans died. "Ever since the bombing, they have put this place on high security." But when we got to the top of the ridge there was not a single soldier or policeman to be seen. We gazed out over the valley in silence.A sign stood nearby, showing a air of binoculars and the words in English "Discover Islam." As we began to leave, my guide smiled boradly and gestured at the sign. "The Koreans -- they discovered Islam," he said, giggling at his joke.
Ayatollah Khomeini said that "there is no fun in Islam."
You see that he was wrong.
Posted on 07/11/2010 7:13 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald