War Watch Far From The Front Lines

During World War II, the likes of Betty Grable and Vera Lynn comforted U.S. and British troops. Recently the never-shy Pamela Anderson and former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell have stepped into their shoes, schmoozing with troops at home and in the Middle East. Luckily for the allies, Pam and "Ginger Spice" aren't the only women involved in this war.

In the wake of September 11, some people involved in the U.S. inquiry on Egyptair Flight 990's crash into the Atlantic Ocean two years ago wonder whether a new look should be taken at possible terrorist involvement. They point out that more than 30 Egyptian military officers--reportedly including seven generals--were on the Boeing 767, making it a potentially compelling target for Egyptian terrorists linked to Osama bin Laden. Administration sources say the investigation is still open, though there appears to be little official interest in exploring anew a possible terror link. And so far there's no evidence suggesting one, according to sources close to Egyptair.

A German truck-driver was detained for more than 10 hours last weekend after Italian authorities searching the truck found the word "Laden" scribbled on his documents. Sniffer dogs and explosives experts were called in, the area was sealed off and the police even consulted with the anti-mafia squad before they realized their mistake. "Laden" means "load" in German.

Chilean businessman Eduardo Arevalo Mateluna has applied for a license to register the name "Osama" to brand domestic cleaning products. The logic defies. Who's going to buy white dishwashing powder labeled "Osama"?

Latvian schoolgirl Alina Lebedeva is so angry about the war in Afghanistan that she lashed out at Prince Charles last week, hitting him with... a red carnation. The Prince of Wales had no comment but was said to be "unhurt" by the attack. Little Alina, however, was detained on charges of endangering the life of a foreign dignitary.

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