Today a suspected Muslim extremist shot and killed three American doctors at a missionary hospital in Yemen. Yemen has for years been a haven for wanted Muslim extremists and is the ancestral homeland of Osama bin Laden. Bin Laden enlisted thousands of Yemenis to fight alongside the Mujahadeen of Afghanistan in their U.S.-backed war against an occupation Soviet army in the 1980s. Many returned when the Soviets withdrew, and they are a powerful political force there. Earlier this year an explosives-laden boat rammed a French oil tanker off the coast of Yemen, killing one member of the tanker's crew, tearing a hole in the vessel and spilling some 90,000 barrels of oil. An Intelligence official in Washington has said U.S. experts believed the attack was the work of operatives with links to Al Qaeda. Statements attributed to bin Laden and his network's "political bureau" hailed the explosion on the tanker. The French tanker attack recalled the Oct. 12, 2000, attack on the USS Cole, which was rammed by a small, explosives-laden boat in the southern port of Aden. Seventeen U.S. sailors were killed in that attack, which was blamed on Al Qaeda. Yemen has signed on as Washington's partner in the war on terrorism launched after the Sept. 11 attacks. U.S. and Yemeni agents have worked together in a counter terrorism center in Yemen equipped with sophisticated intelligence-gathering facilities. The Americans also have trained Yemeni troops to fight militants. Yemen allows U.S. warships free use of its waters and U.S. warplanes use of its air space. Yemeni security officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, say up to 3,000 U.S.-trained Yemeni troops have been deployed recently in areas known to harbor wanted Al Qaeda members. In November, a CIA-operated Predator drone fired a missile that killed bin Laden's top lieutenant in Yemen, Qaed Salim Sinan al-Harethi, and five other Al Qaeda suspects in Yemen. Recently a North Korean ship sailing without markings and bound for Yemen was stopped and searched. It contained Scud missiles that were hidden within other cargo on board. Anybody see something wrong with this picture? Do you see feints within feints and motives within motives? A hundred different agendas all of which many are willing to die to accomplish. Do you really believe that we can be friends with the Islamic ME world and have stable legitimate long-term relations with them built on trust and goodwill?