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more on "Trapped in the War on Terror" by Ian Lustick
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Thu, 9 Nov 2006 06:26:03 -0500



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From: Brock N Meeks <bmeeks () cox net>
Date: November 8, 2006 9:04:39 PM EST
To: Ted Kircher <tkircher () comcast net>
Cc: Dave Farber <dave () farber net>
Subject: Re: [IP] more on "Trapped in the War on Terror" by Ian Lustick

Well, on the point of the economic consequences, I'm in total agreement.

When I was covering homeland security I distinctly remember one of the early bin Laden tapes talked about how one of the goals of 9/11 was to bleed the U.S. dry (my phrase) economically. It was, to me at the time, a bracing revelation.


On Nov 8, 2006, at 3:03 PM, Ted Kircher wrote:

These were the exact words in the article - a book review, hence
I presume they came directly from Lustick's book. However, while I
am not a Middle East language scholar, I tend to agree with Brock's
interpretation.

Nevertheless, my two main points were the extreme mismatch in the cost
to al Qaeda for 9/11 compared to the U.S. since then (which will probably reach $300M for each person who died on 9/11), and that the primarily threat to the U.S. in the future is not terrorism but economic, especially from China,
if we continue to go-it-alone with pre-emptive military actions.

Ted
----- Original Message -----
From: David Farber
To: ip () v2 listbox com
Sent: Wednesday, November 08, 2006 2:21 PM
Subject: [IP] more on "Trapped in the War on Terror" by Ian Lustick

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From: Brock N Meeks <bmeeks () cox net>
Date: November 8, 2006 12:10:36 PM EST
To: dave () farber net
Subject: Re: [IP] "Trapped in the War on Terror" by Ian Lustick

With the proviso that I have not yet  read the article mentioned
below, I am astounded by the very first quote.  Having covered many
Islamic warlords and spent a fair amount of time in the Muslim world,
I have never, ever, heard one utter such perfectly phrased American
cliches.

I find it specious that an "al Quaeda security chief" would use the
term "took the bait" and "fell into our trap."  I wonder if this is
an extremely loose translation... or simply a convenient invention.

On Nov 8, 2006, at 11:00 AM, David Farber wrote:
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> Begin forwarded message:
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> From: Ted Kircher <tkircher () comcast net>
> Date: November 8, 2006 10:37:53 AM EST
> To: Dave Farber <dave () farber net>
> Subject: "Trapped in the War on Terror" by Ian Lustick
> Reply-To: Ted Kircher <tkircher () comcast net>
>
> <snip>



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