When I respond, or seek responses, I think of the Internet Republic and the people [[whump]] and the places who have made our water world Eden brave and free and fair. Permitted, required, and impossible. Stand alone or stand with, whose choice to what degree [[Thn/]] O[[thn/]]ne water world Eden under "We the people" – created by whom?

Parallel worlds…

Even the city’s new governor, Shawqi Hayel Saeed, admits that when Taiz’s citizens complain to him about backlogged court cases, he sometimes encourages them to go to Mr. Mikhlafi, who he said can settle disputes faster than any Yemeni court. When the governor wanted to enforce Yemen’s strict but widely flouted laws on gun control, he teamed up with Mr. Mikhlafi to add teeth to the legislation.

“The governor needs Hamoud on his side to guarantee security in Taiz,” Dr. Shugaa said.

But such political clout is double-edged. When the governor recently tried to fire a government employee who was close to Mr. Mikhlafi, a spat broke out between the two men, and Mr. Mikhlafi led protest marches against the governor.

xref: intentional hyperbole to take the lead in the news by you, Govenor LePage, and also your reverse psychology in ‘recognizing’ CP.

The governor was stuck: if he backed down he would be seen as succumbing to Mr. Mikhlafi, but fighting the city’s adored hero risked damaging his popularity. In the end, after intervention from the government in Sana, the employee was transferred to the capital.

Mr. Mikhlafi’s secular critics point out that he is an Islamist, a member of the Islah Party, which has gained a large stake in the power-sharing agreement that is part of Yemen’s transition government. Wary of Islamists’ rising influence and concerned about what they say is the increasing impunity of Islah leaders, they portray him as a religious warlord who is promoting tribalism instead of the rule of law.

xref: Max Weber’s theory of the learning curve from personal, traditional government of men toward rational, impersonal rule of laws; xref: the three laws of robotics as formulated by Issac Asimov.

“His role ended with the revolution,” said Sadeq al-Maqtari, a leading youth activist here. “We don’t want to return to a time when Taiz is ruled by sheiks and not the government.”

But Mr. Mikhlafi’s persona resists easy generalization. His eldest daughters are medical doctors, and some of his close friends, from whom he takes advice, are secularists. Another famous Islah Party member, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Tawakkol Karman, is his first cousin.

xref: “I washed my towels too often,” xref: Surgeon general’s warning on book covers and screens…

On the anniversary last month of the day the sheik and his men launched their first armed attack on government forces, Mr. Mikhlafi was dining in the garden of a friend’s house. Over roasted chicken and beef stew,

xref: “Today’s special” vs. whose pizza.

served on a white plastic table, Mr. Mikhlafi explained what he said was one of the secrets to his wartime success.

“We would capture government soldiers, take their weapons and then drive them back to their home military bases safely so they will then act as informers for us,” he said with a smile.

Suddenly, fireworks exploded over central Taiz in celebration of the past year’s events. Mr. Mikhlafi looked up and considered the bursts of color.

xref; “Whose the leader of the club that’s made for you and me?” Also xref; “Halve you any?” xref; English humor; xref: “The war (competition) of the ancient hypnotizers […] – languages…

“Ah, those are for us,” he said, and resumed eating his dinner.

xref: recent, intense lightening and thunder while falling asleep after finding Montecello, ME. It was like a late, divinely inspired 4th of July.

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