21 Feb 2007
Richard Burton (no, not the one as in Dick 'n Liz who bring to mind Lady Mondegreen's version of Steve Martin's King Tut: "....condom made of stone-a" -favored perhaps by Cleop[e]tra - the other one) fancied himself a Sufi Master. Unlike Hugh, Captain Sir Richard Burton may have never have realized that all, or nearly all, devout Muslims are our enemies, but like Mr. Fitzgerald, he was aware of the propensity of the followers of the Prophet to slaughter each other and that this could be used to one's advantage. From "Captain Sir Richard Burton" "The secret agent who made the pilgrimage to Mecca, discovered the Kama Sutra, and brought the Arabian Nights to the West" by Edward Rice -Chapter 18 "The Holiest City" page 208:
"A group of Wahhabis, a much-feared sect [now, of course, much more powerful] of fundamentalists who were noted for their violence and puritanical beliefs, [not so puritanical in their practices, as noted by HF] fell in with the caravan, 'by no means pleasant companions,' Burton wrote. But early the next morning they were instrumental in fighting off an attack by brigands."