Thursday, February 3, 2011

Redefining vindictiveness

Graeme Wood's harrowing account of being dragged through the streets of Cairo is well worth the read for its own sake. But this anecdote at the end caught my eye:

Iran hates Egypt enough to have named a main Tehran thoroughfare after Khaled El Islambouli, the Egyptian artillery officer who gunned down Mubarak's predecessor Anwar Sadat (and injured Mubarak in the process).

Now that is some seriously vindictive hate. Somehow I doubt there's a boulevard named after George W Bush in thanks for his efforts in ridding the Middle East of Saddam Hussein, however.

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