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The Gecko :07 February, 1997

 

The new political alliance, the Front Uni National, has picked up at least one

re-interpretation of its acronym FUN. According to one wizened Cambodian analyst

FUN means "Fool the United Nations".

* During this month of Ramadan, the Muslim Holy Month of Fasting, two chapters

from the Koran seem appropriate.

 

XCI The Chapter of The Sun. Revealed at Mecca. In the Name of the Most Merciful

God. By the sun, and its rising brightness; by the moon, when she followeth him;

by the day, when it showeth his splendour; by the night, when it covereth him with

darkness; by the heaven, and him who built it; by the earth, and him who spread it

forth; by the soul, and him who completely formed it, and inspired into the same

its faculty of distinguishing, and the power of choosing, wickedness and piety: now

is he who hath purified the same, happy; but he hath corrupted the same, is miserable.

Thamud accused their prophet Saleh of imposture, through the excess of their wickedness:

when the wretch among them was sent to slay the camel; and the aposlte of God said

unto them, Let alone the camel of God; and hinder not her drinking. But they charged

him with imposture; and they slew her. Wherefore their Lord destroyed them, for their

crime, and made their punishment equal unto them all: and he heareth not the issue

thereof.

* XCIII The Chapter of the Brightness. Revealed at Mecca. In the Name of the

Most Merciful God. By the brightness of the morning; and by the night, when it groweth

dark: thy Lord hath not forsaken thee, neither doth he hate thee. Verily the life

to come shall be better for thee than this present life: and thy Lord shall give

thee a reward wherewith thou shall be well pleased. Did he not find thee an orphan,

and hath he not taken care of thee? And did he not find thee wandering in error,

and hath he not guided thee into the truth? And did he not find thee needy, and hath

he not enriched thee? Wherefore oppress not the orphan: neither repulse the beggar:

but declare the goodness of thy Lord.

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