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Breathless journalists around the world hailed the journey as a triumph for the human race--as evidence, the New York Times rhapsodized, that humankind "can defy the adverse forces of nature and hurl defiance at destiny." Celebrity of a magnitude previously unseen ensnared the "Lone Eagle" upon his return to the U.S.: New Yorkers alone hurled 2,000 tons of confetti during his homecoming parade.
Yesterday, Taliban leader Mohammad Omar surfaced after 10 days of silence to hurl defiance at America in a fiery speech.
TALIBAN leader Mullah Mohammad Omar surfaced yesterday after more than 10 days of silence to hurl defiance at America.