Posted by aogThursday, 22 May 2003 at 08:36
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There as an attempt to hijack a plane in the Saudi Entity
. The presumption is that this was intended to duplicate the airplane attacks in the US against Israel. If some Caliphascists actually siezed control of such an airplane and flew it into (say) the Knesset, they would have achieved a major coup as soon as they got control of the airplane. What could Israel do? If they shoot down the plane it would be treated by Arab and world opinion as the moral equivalent of a completely unprovoked attack, as if Israel had just decided to shoot it down for no reason at all. On the other hand, if it's not shot down and does major damage to something is Israel, that would be ignored by world opinion and cheered in Arabia. Heck, they could fly the airplane in to the Church of the Nativity and get Israel blamed for destroying that historic building, killing Christian pilgrims and a plane full of Muslims. I suppose that automatically blaming Israel is the kind of sophisticated view that I as a simplismé American just can't understand.