Enabling terrorism
Posted by aogThursday, 22 May 2003 at 08:36 TrackBack Ping URL
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.
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pj Thursday, 22 May 2003 at 14:05

I thought one of the captured terrorists said they were going to fly it into the skyscraper in Jeddah? Seems like Israel would certainly have shot them down.

Annoying Old Guy Thursday, 22 May 2003 at 15:50

PJ;

I’m not so sure. Arafat’s still alive, isn’t he? And if they really did plan to fly it in to Jeddah then they truly are stupid. Heck, even flying it into some oil pumping station would be a better idea if they actually wanted to sieze power.

But the real point is that whether Israel shot it down or not there would be an atrocity blamed on Israel.

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