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Monday, October 27, 2003
Foreign Terrorist in Iraq

By Steven Taylor @ 3:25 pm

Here is some evidence to confirm that much of the attacks in Iraq are form non-Iraqis:

A U.S. general said the one attacker captured in the bombings that killed 34 Monday had a Syrian passport, fueling suspicions that foreign fighters were behind a rising tide of violence.


“He’s a foreign fighter. He had a Syrian passport and the policemen claim that as he was shot and fell that he said he was Syrian,” Hertling told a news conference.

Iraqi Deputy Interior Minister Ahmad Ibrahim told the news conference the wounded attacker was now unconscious in hospital.

Hertling said suicide attacks were not typical of supporters of ousted Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, who have been blamed by the U.S. military for most of guerrilla attacks on its troops and other targets in postwar Iraq.

“There are indicators that certainly these attacks have a mode of operation of foreign fighters,” Hertling said, adding that possible foreign links among the attackers would be investigated in the days to come.

This (along with statements Paul Bremer made over the weekend on Fox News Sunday) lends credence to the “flypaper theory"-at least in terms of the current situation clearly attracting foreign terrorists. And, there is something to the idea, I think, that in bringing them to Iraq to fight it means they aren’t bombing elsewhere.

Major combat operations associated with the invasion of Iraq, and the toppling of its former regime, are indeed over. However, Iraq is clearly a central battleground in the broader terror war. If a secular, even quasi-democratic, state emerges in Iraq, it will be a tremendous blow to the jihadists. As such, those who seek a quick pull-out from Iraq are being especially short-sighted-bot in terms of the well-being of Iraq, but in terms of long-term US security goals.

Source: ‘Syrian’ Bomber Caught Alive in Baghdad, U.S. Says

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  1. Yea, and the next roll of the dice is going to make me a millionaire. I can feel it.

    I truly can’t believe you’ve bought into this flypaper nonsense.

    <shaking my head in disbelief>

    Comment by JC — Monday, October 27, 2003 @ 3:42 pm

  2. I am not certain I buy into the entire theory, however, it is clear that numerous jihadists have decided to take the fight to Iraq. In that regard, at least part of the theory holds.

    And it is far more than a roll of the dice, and it isn’t just some neocan fantasy-do you read Thomas Friedman on a regular basis?

    Instead of seeing all of this through a partisan prism, could you explain to me why there isn’t some validity to the idea?

    Comment by Steven — Monday, October 27, 2003 @ 3:52 pm

  3. Friedman is insane. Read all his stuff and still think he’s just an individual with more than a few screws loose.

    As to the validity, certainly, it’s attracting a lot of terrorists. But for the flypaper theory to have validity, it would have to have a fixed number of terrorists. And what about the effect of the Iraq war? How many people who wouldn’t have been terrorists now are? And how many of the “terrorists” are really just “dead enders"? Again, I seriously doubt that the vast bulk of people doing the attacks are “foreign” terrorists. Heck, even the US officially believes they’re not.

    The flypaper theory holds that the reason we haven’t been attacked on the mainland is because they’re now in Iraq. Well, before 9/11, there was one “foreign” terrorist attack on US mainland - the previous WTC bombing.

    Other than that, the only terrorists we had were domestic.

    So, we had no record of attacks before 9/11. So it’s hardly surprising that we haven’t had any after 9/11.

    Well, except to those on the right.

    Comment by JC — Monday, October 27, 2003 @ 9:52 pm

  4. Well, I disagree on Friedman, but so it goes. One thing is for sure, he isn’t a right-winger.

    And I think I conjured more than I intended with the flypaper ref. I don’t think that we are going to attract all the terrorist to Iraq, kill them all, and be done with it. But, of course, flypaper doesn’t catch all the flies either, but it can eliminate quite a few…

    And yes, there are a finite number of terrorist in the world (by definition there are a finite number of any kind of people in the world).

    And I don’t fully subscribe to the idea that every time the US acts this results in a swarm of terrorist recruit who otherwise wouldn’t have joined up. You don’t think that successful actions by terrorist don’t also lead to more recruits?

    Comment by Steven — Tuesday, October 28, 2003 @ 7:51 am

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