The idea of appointing an ambassador or special envoy came out of the bureaucracy in Washington. In fact, I first heard the idea more than two years ago. One wonders why it took so long. The new enjoy is a successful Ismaili named Sada Cumber. The Ismailis, led by the Aga Khan, are a Shi'i sect and many of the adherents are quite successful nowadays. In all, they account for less than two percent of all Muslims.
They have evolved considerably over the centuries, and it might be remembered that the Ismailis (or Nizaris) are the sect that gave rise of the cult of assassins in the Eleventh century. In contrast, the Ismailis are often pillars of the establishment, wherever they may live. [Updated: Mr. Cumber has been a generous supporter of Republican candidates, including the current president and the candidate who flopped, Rudy Guliani. The former NYC mayor railed ad naseum against "Islamofascism."]
Cumber was born in Karachi, and the following report is from Bangladesh.
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