Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Of that ilk

Given the incompetence of the Global War on Terror, it's not inconceivable that the reason the unfortunate Khaled al-Masri -- the German citizen kidnapped in Macedonia and tortured in Afghanistan -- came to the attention of the American authorities is that he shares a surname with members of the GWOT rogues gallery -- the loony cleric Abu Hamza, and the Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades. The latter being the group that endorsed George W. Bush for president last year. One minor problem with this theory is that the innocent al-Masri was born in Lebanon, so it's not immediately clear why he has a surname that signifies being Egyptian.

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