The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Friday, August 29, 2003
Manna against the islamophobes
Worthy of note for the headline alone (from the Journal de Tanger of August 29):
TETOUAN : UNE STRIP-TEASEUSE MET A NU UN TENTACULAIRE RESEAU MAFIEUX INTERNATIONAL OPERANT DANS LE NORD DU MAROC
It seems (it's quite a long story, and all in the one paragraph!) that the woman (ungallantly described as rondelette) plied her trade at a night club in what is described as a village estival - some sort of tourist complex? - near Tétouan, not far from Tangier. A fight was started over who was taking her home (or some such), which, by means no doubt revealed by a fuller reading of the text, caused a local mafia involving all sorts of local bigwigs to be unearthed.
Morocco has, over the years, been the classic success story of the LBJ motto applied to the Islamic hierarchy: they are well and truly in the tent, and - for a long time, at least - the impact of the radicals was nowhere near that in Algeria, with not dissimilar social and economic problems. (Though, from memory, the scourge of honour killings is as prevalent as, for example, in supposedly westernised Jordan.)
Now, making Iraq a land fit for strippers is the sort of goal that ought surely to be warmly embraced by Wolfowitz, Perle and Co....
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