Ed Driscoll

IDI AMIN DEAD AT 78

The former despot, long given sanctuary by Saudi Arabia, died of “multiple organ failure”, according to Reuters, the “news agency”, which drops this classic howler at the end of the article with a surprisingly straight face:

He was driven from Uganda in 1979 by forces from neighboring Tanzania and Ugandan exiles, and was given sanctuary by Saudi Arabia in the name of Islamic charity.

A Muslim, Amin had lived quietly in Jeddah on a government stipend with four wives.

“In the name of Islamic charity”?

But of course.