Mad dogs and Englishmen aren't the only ones out in the midday sun. In hot countries the world over, if you spot a jogger on the street, you can bet he or she is almost certainly an American or a Brit. That's particularly the case in the terror belt: North and East Africa, the Mideast, South and Southeast Asia. But now, for many joggers, our steps are numbered--if not our days.
Many Americans abroad have given up running--or been told they should. In Jordan recently, the authorities pre-emptively busted the Abdoun gang, a trio of terrorists who had set their sights on Americans running through their neighborhood every morning. Expats in friendly, Western-oriented Amman scoffed at first, but then terrorists killed U.S. diplomat Laurence Foley at the door of his Amman house. Now U.S. embassies have even banned their employees from running on the streets of cities well outside the terror belt. Joggers in places like Saudi Arabia and Pakistan have always had to be tough, if only to take the ribbing they arouse in such weather. No one, however, wants to be a target, even a moving one. In the war on terror, the disappearance of the mad joggers is a small casualty, but a telling one.