Thursday, September 07, 2006

Odds and sods....

Ove the past weekend I was watching the CNN documentary In the footsteps of Bin Laden. All in it was a good documentary and very informative. The one thing that really did amaze me (and I'm not being ditzy here, it was the one thing I was completely unaware of) was the organisation that was put into 'setting up' Al-Qaeda. They had employment contracts for their 'employees', which even went as far as stating their vacation leave entitlements, their contracts included tickets home for vacation, and vacation needed to be requested two and half months before their travel date. All quite bizarre.

I'm sure that most of you will have heard of the shooting that was carried out in Amman two days ago. Idiots like this guy are the ones that are threatening Jordan and the safety and security that it holds dear. Unfortunately cases like this happen around the world (a lone gun man deciding to kill random people for various reasons) but the automatic assumption is that Jordan is becoming incredibly unsafe; as Tim Butcher assumes in The Daily Telegraph.
'But perhaps the most disturbing aspect was the way the incident reveals how a seething hatred of the West festers even in Jordan, a country that is as pro-Western as any in the Middle East.'. Personally, I disagree.

And from today's Jordan Times (link won't last past the week)
Jordan's UN Ambassador Prince Zeid Raad announced his candidacy on Tuesday to be the next UN secretary general, becoming the fifth candidate and the first Muslim to enter the race to succeed Kofi Annan


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