Thursday, February 17, 2005

The evolution of the terrorist species

There's surely an irony in the fact that while Dubya's administration doesn't believe in the theory of evolution and doesn't want anyone else to believe it either, his handpicked CIA chief nicely outlines a geopolitical version of the theory now unfolding in Iraq:

In his first public appearance as U.S. spymaster, CIA Director Porter Goss told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence there was an emerging terrorist threat from experienced fighters now battling U.S.-led forces in Iraq later joining international militants.

"Those jihadists who survive will leave Iraq experienced in and focused on acts of urban terrorism. They represent a potential pool of contacts to build transnational terrorist cells, groups and networks," Goss said.

Now remember that the one-time (albeit ex post) logic for invading Iraq was 'flypaper' -- a fight that would attract terrorist pests to a single point where they could be killed. It seems therefore that the US has created a new class of, er, superfly.

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