Monday, September 04, 2006

another number two

Yet another "#2" for Al Qaeda has been arrested in Iraq, some guy called Hamed Jumaa Faris Juri al-Saeidi. However, other insurgents in Iraq said that Saeidi was not that important.

Enough "#2" and "#3" Al Qaeda types have been arrested to fill RFK Stadium. But the de facto Administration isn't being deceptive, oh no. See, Al Qaeda has a very flat organizational structure, which if you depicted it schematically, would look like a pancake with a strawberry on top in the middle. Bin Laden (remember him? He was once wanted dead or alive?) is the strawberry, and is the #1. Everybody else is tied for #2.

And if any of them were really good targets, wouldn't you think we might prosecute one of them, just for kicks? Despite arrests and indefinite detentions, terrorism prosecutions are DECLINING. One reason is that most of the schmucks we've arrested weren't dangerous. Another reason might be that the ones who genuinely ARE terrorists have all been tortured (so have the innocent) so any evidence they've admitted probably can't be used in a US court. Yet another reason not to torture, as if we should need any beyond this basic one -- we are Americans, and Americans should hold ourselves to a higher moral standard than Stalin and Pol Pot.

Oh, and as always, don't make the mistake of confusing "Al Qaeda in Iraq" with the Al Qaeda that perpetrated the atrocities of September 11, 2001. As Bush himself somewhat irritably said at his recent press conference, there WAS NO CONNECTION between Iraq and 9/11.


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