One Big Bust of A Business Trip

Alarming headlines last week suggested that international terrorism had come to Hong Kong. Three men of South Asian descent were arrested for allegedly trying to trade drugs for Stinger missiles, the shoulder-launched anti-aircraft weapons used to wipe out Soviet planes and helicopters in Afghanistan in the 1980s. A U.S. indictment of the three suspects claims that the arms were destined for al-Qaeda, and U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft has enthusiastically hailed the bust as a "strike against the terrorism/drug-trafficking nexus."

The men apprehended in Hong Kong were two Pakistanis from Peshawar, Sayed Mustajab Shah, 54, and Muhammad Abid...