March 04, 2004
BILL SAMPSON UPDATE: QUICK, SOMEONE CALL MEL GIBSON
Death by partial beheading and crucifixion? Partial? Good Lord.
It's mind-boggling that the Saudis can say with a straight face, and expect us to believe, that they planned to execute a couple Westerners in the most painful way they could ever devise, but firmly deny they were ever the least bit mistreated during their prior captivity. They really do think we're that stupid, it seems.
Also today, the Saudi lawyer who got them out gets a prize.
(TRIVIA NOTE: The Order of the British Empire is an interesting decoration, meant to honour non-combatant service to the British Crown. It has five levels, of which Commander is third; achieving either of the top two entitles a British subject to call themselves "Sir" or "Dame". The closest Canadian equivalent to the decoration in this case, the CBE, would be Officer of the Order of Canada (OC).)
"endearingly macho" -- Mark Steyn
"wonderfully detailed analysis" -- John Allemang, Globe and Mail
"unusually candid" -- Tom Ricks, Foreignpolicy.com
Bill & Bob
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