Sunday, January 13, 2008

Diana's secret

Well, this certainly seems to beg a few questions:
At the height of their romance, she kept his picture by her bedside, introduced him to William and Harry, and studied the Koran every night.
All the while the Taliban were going gangbusters in Afghanistan with help from the Pakistani ISI and would soon host Osama bin Laden:
Diana visited Pakistan several times, and there was intense speculation that she intended to follow in the footsteps of her friend Jemima Khan, who had married former cricketer Imran Khan, and move there.
Meanwhile AQ Khan was cavorting all over the region selling nuclear secrets while Pakistani native Ramzi Yousef was caught in Islamabad in 1995 after a worldwide reign of terror. Islamabad, not Quetta or some cave. There must have been at least some concern from Buckingham Palace about Diana's forays (unless she was the world's most unlikely spy). We already know there was some concern at the NSA.

It's also interesting that after being dumped by Khan she took up with Dodi al-Fayed, son of Mohammed Al-Fayed, who married the sister of Adnan Khashoggi, who himself has reportedly been within six degrees of every major event since 1960 according to Slate's Timothy Noah (including a childhood friendship with Mohammed bin Laden).

But aside from the distinct possibility all these conspiratorial tidbits are pure fantasy just imagine had the Princess--still a symbol of the west and certainly influential despite her divorce from Charles--suddenly announced she was converting to Islam.

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