August 20, 2003

Flypaper Redux Lots of people

Flypaper Redux

Lots of people are talking about the whole flypaper thesis again given yesterday's horrific bombing of the U.N. compound in Baghdad. MaDo is the latest to jump on the flypaper bandwagon. Instapundit blogs about it here.

I had earlier blogged about this here.

Remember, Warren's risible argument was that Bush had consciously set up a "playground" by which to have terrorists operate in the Iraqi theater (away from Israel and the West).

How does the flypaper thesis hold up given yesterday's bombing in Jerusalem? I thought all the Jihad Islami types had rushed off to Baghdad?

My main beef with his argument was also related to the fact that groups like al-Qaeda remain hell-bent on mega-terror attacks that occur in major metropolitan centers like NY and London. They are intelligent enough to realize that those types of attacks will stoke fear and resonate with the Western publics even more than tragic attacks like that of the U.N. compound yesterday.

Put simply, I never meant to suggest that assorted Saudi fanatics and others might not cross into Iraq and wage the good holy war (a la Afghanistan mujahedeen against the Soviets) causing the coalition trouble. But such a phenomenon is separate from the blows al-Qaeda is doubtless still planning in major Western centers. We need to remain keenly aware of that.

Note: Still on the road so blogging looks set to remain intermittent. I will have more on all this soon, however.

Posted by Gregory at August 20, 2003 12:50 PM
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