Wednesday, June 11, 2003

No Fear of Commitment Here: This is a remarkable story. It seems this Army Colonel, stationed in Iraq, managed to propose to 50 women over the past couple of years, many accepted despite never seeing him. Some went on to plan weddings. The scam didn't last.

The matter began to unravel after a television station in Washington, KNDU-TV, showed a segment in April about a woman in Pasco, Wash., who was engaged to Colonel Saleh and awaiting his return from overseas. That story was posted on the MSNBC Web site. Soon, other women who thought they were Colonel Saleh's fiancée called KNDU. According to these women, Colonel Saleh was a two-timer of massive proportions. They now derisively refer to him as "Kassanova."


"We are not a group of stupid, naïve women," [one of the victims] said. "We are bright, intellectual, professional women. I can't tell you how much he wooed us with his words. He made us feel like goddesses, fairy princesses, Cinderellas. We had all found our Superman, our knight in shining armor."

I bet there's a bunch of expatriated Nigerian businessmen who love to get the email addresses of these women.