LYNN B. OF IN CONTEXT points out that Sheik Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, has died. He was one of the key players (link opens PDF) in the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (or Bank of Crooks and Criminals International) and its illegal acquisition of First American Bancshares, a D.C. area bank:
The thrust of Count I is that defendants H.H. Sheikh Zayed Bin
Sultan Al-Nahyan, H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, and the Abu Dhabi
Investment Authority acquired First American through a pattern of racketeering activity.
BCCI looted $10 billion from lower and middle class Muslims around the world, allegedly funded the Pakistani nuclear program, was the banker to Abu Nidal, and corrupted everything it touched. (Admittedly, much of what it touched was more than willing to be corrupted...)
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Lest you wonder what it means, the answer can be found here. Substitute Glennfiddich in Number 10, and I might start calling out Gouranga...
TERRIBLY SAD, AND AN important reminder of, 1), who we are (yes, we may fling rhetorical daggers and shots at one another, but that kind doesn't kill) and 2) what we're defending -- the ability to analyze, to compare, to criticize, to think and to speak. By the way, North Sea Diaries is a wonderful blog, well worth reading daily.
"WE'RE TERRIBLY SORRY THAT the war you started to plunge the entire world into barbarous nihilism and genocide forced us to bomb the crap out of your sorry asses, Fritz." Which reminds me of this excellent post on Nazi guilt, German innocence, from Regions of Mind...Posted by Ideofact at November 2, 2004 11:36 PM