Yemen: Friends & Enemies

The Imam of Yemen is a scraggly-bearded old man with a taste for women, at least five known diseases including syphilis, and an incredible durability. At 70, he has survived innumerable attempts on his life by his Yemeni tribal enemies, makes it a rule to behead any would-be assassin he can catch. When his own brother tried to overthrow him in 1955, the Imam did not let family feelings interfere with justice, ordered his execution.

Internationally, the Imam has proved nearly as dexterous, proclaiming a "great balance" program of "grateful acceptance of aid without strings from both East and West."...

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