We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Photo: Christmas, 1944, from Dr. X's endless supply of vintage photos. It is captioned: "San Jose, Mindoro (Philippines); 2nd Field Hospital: Sgt. Edward F. Good helps his friend Pfc. Lloyd Deming with a leg of Christmas turkey."
Jules' questions for Al Zawahiri. Mine: can I call you "Al"?
I'll call him al if he'll call me anytime so's I can scope him for a couple of seconds to deliver a round to end his misery.
al means the or an or it.
I prefer an when it's followed by zawahiri which may be translated aberant.
Given: it's an aberant greasespot quite lucky when splatted upon a cave wall.
Take the full name of the number two man in Al Qaeda. Ayman Muhammad Rabi al-Zawhiri is the official intelligence community spelling. Ayman is a proper noun, but it is also an adjective that means “right hand’ or “lucky,” while Zawahiri means “phenomenal.” And in Arabic, there is no upper case, lower case or hyphen. Rather, these are impositions by the English translation as a way to make the name more understandable to English speakers.