Thursday, August 18, 2005

Osama's Choice

So, once Osama re-establishes the Caliphate, he's got another decision to make: Do I go the traditional route and move into Topkapi Palace:


Or try 19th Century modernism and move into Dolmabahçe Palace:


WHITE founts falling in the Courts of the sun,
And the Soldan of Byzantium is smiling as they run;
There is laughter like the fountains in that face of all men feared,
It stirs the forest darkness, the darkness of his beard;
It curls the blood-red crescent, the crescent of his lips;
For the inmost sea of all the earth is shaken with his ships.
They have dared the white republics up the capes of Italy,
They have dashed the Adriatic round the Lion of the Sea...

[Addition]One of my few readers suggested that Osama might prefer The Alhambra but I think it might have problems of defensive depth (although being in the range of French forces is not as dangerous as it once was):