The Camel That Came in Second

IN SAUDI ARABIA LAST WEEK, A CAMEL NAMED "NO TO TERRORISM" finished second in the annual race that begins the Janadriya cultural festival. That was probably heartening for Crown Prince Abdullah, who watched the race, since it reinforced the message of his current antiterrorism propaganda campaign. The word is everywhere. There are electric billboards in downtown Riyadh flashing slogans like ISLAM IS MODERATION and SAY NO TO TERRORISM. Indeed, after the camel race--and a banquet featuring tables groaning

with whole lambs (one animal for every 10 diners, I estimated)--there was an opera celebrating the royal family, climaxed by a scene in...

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