Saturday, April 16, 2005


Keefieboy, the Webmaster of Dubai, reported a few days ago that none other than the Minister of Information and Culture of the UAE had intervened in a police integrity case with "a demand for transparency". Now, the responsible minister is one Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan, better known to TYR readers as the half-owner of Santa Cruz Imperial and Flying Dolphin Airlines, companies repeatedly cited by UN Expert Panel reports on arms sales to West African failed states. There's a reason why Viktor Bout gets away with murder in the UAE, and His Nibs is at the very least on the list of plausible suspects. (Jamestown Terrorism Monitor link (pdf)

For him to speak of "transparency" is incredible hypocrisy. Unless he meant it as in "transparent self-justification" or "transparent manoeuvre", I suppose.

At least, though, the police there have their priorities quite right.

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