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Where cliches go to die

I was going to entitle this post “Waq al-waq hearts Robert F. Worth,” but decided that might be a bit much. As it is, Worth’s post has warmed the collective cockles of our heart, particularly with this opening paragraph:

TARIM, Yemen — This remote desert valley, with its towering bluffs and ancient mud-brick houses, is probably best known to outsiders as the birthplace of Osama bin Laden’s father. Most accounts about Yemen in the Western news media refer ominously to it as “the ancestral homeland” of the leader of Al Qaeda, as though his murderous ideology had somehow been shaped here.”

Read the rest of the article here. Waq al-waq gives it our highest endorsement.

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