July 22, 2004

For Kicks?

According to this article at NRO, it appears the Syrians on Annie Jacobson's flight have been identified. I was thinking about it last night, and if these are the guys, and they did act in a purposely suspicious manner, you gotta wonder why? Now this is my cynical thought: because they got their kicks out of mentally terrorizing a bunch of infidels. I remembered that incident shortly after 9/11 when there was a group of Arab men in the Denny's who purposely made the woman sitting in the booth next to them think they might be terrorists. So the band members weren't terrorists, but there's a very good chance they have sympathy for terrorists and are in agreement with their cause and methods. Why not pass the time on the plane freaking out their fellow passengers?

Hey, I said it was a cynical thought. But that's the kind of gal I am.

Posted by Ithildin at July 22, 2004 9:03 AM | PROCURE FINE OLD WORLD ABSINTHE

Maybe not so cynical this day and age, and a good thought. I don't think the depths of this have yet been plumbed...

Posted by: Laughing Wolf at July 22, 2004 9:39 AM

I agree.

Posted by: Ith at July 22, 2004 12:34 PM

How about a misdirection gambit? Classic in football and war.
Take a batch of Muslims that are sympathetic but not connected to Hamas, Hizbollah or AlQ with visas and a fairly innocuous reasons to be on airplanes. Tell them not to do anything except act in a manner to get everyone suspicious.
Get everybody looking towards the sky while you move a truck bomb half the size of Cleveland to the oil refinery.
I know that when we were trying to take out a batch of the little people in a treeline we'd have one squad make a lot of noise off to one flank while we moved the rest of the platoon into position to hit them fron their blindside.

Posted by: Peter at July 22, 2004 8:47 PM