A very interesting profile, Eric. A couple of years ago I read Mary Anne Weaver's A Portrait of Egypt, A Journey through the World of Militant Islam. She is a gutsy lady -- fearless in going after a story. I have a lot of respect for her. On the back cover it says, "She is not afraid to wander down dark alleys, taking us from the pungent slums of Cairo . . . to a Saudi-funded militant 'university' near Peshawar on Pakistan's border with Afghanistan." In another place it says, "Mary Anne Weaver is a staff writer for The New Yorker who has written numerous articles on the Islamic world, including profiles of Benazir Bhutto and Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman. She lives with her husband in New York City." If she were my wife, I'd be worried sick about what she does. Lawrence -----Original Message----- From: Eric Yost Sent: Saturday, June 10, 2006 10:31 AM Mary Weaver's article in the Atlantic magazine, which Hitchens references, can be found here: http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200607/zarqawi The Short, Violent Life of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi [from page 4] "We know Zarqawi better than he knows himself," the high-level Jordanian intelligence official said. "And I can assure you that he never had any links to Saddam. Iran is quite a different matter. The Iranians have a policy: they want to control Iraq. And part of this policy has been to support Zarqawi, tactically but not strategically." "Such as?" I asked. "In the beginning they gave him automatic weapons, uniforms, military equipment, when he was with the army of Ansar al-Islam. Now they essentially just turn a blind eye to his activities, and to those of al-Qaeda generally. The Iranians see Iraq as a fight against the Americans, and overall, they'll get rid of Zarqawi and all of his people once the Americans are out."