Originally created 11/24/03

No shame whatever

The Yemeni government is asking the United States to return two Yemenis arrested in a sting in Germany and accused of funneling money to Islamic extremists, including al-Qaida.

"If the Americans had complaints and evidence against them," says the official Yemeni news agency, "they could be presented before Yemeni courts to put them on trial."

Great idea! Let's!

Well, on second thought...

Maybe not.

You see, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh recently freed or pardoned 146 al-Qaida-linked men. The total includes 54 al-Qaida suspects who had surrendered; they were flat-out pardoned by the president of Yemen.

The other 92 were released when they swore - on their honor, no doubt - not to attack non-Muslims or foreign embassies in the Yemeni capital.

Whew! We feel better.


There is no bottom to the gorge of shamelessness in the Arab world, is there?


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