Monday, May 3, 2010

How To Win At Terrorism

There's still some dispute about whether Bruce Ivins was acting alone in sending the anthrax back in 2001 -- the DOJ and FBI think it was all him, though there's some opinion that more people had to be involved. It's striking to compare the motivations for the attacks with their political effects:
The Frederick News-Post has made public several letters to the editor written by Ivins dealing with his religious views.[18] These were cited in the Department of Justice summary of the case against Ivins as suggesting that he may have harbored a grudge against pro-choice Catholic senators Daschle and Leahy, recipients of anthrax mailings.[19] In a letter expressing his belief that Jews were God's chosen people, Ivins stated, "By blood and faith, Jews are God's chosen, and have no need for 'dialogue' with any gentile."[20] Ivins praised a rabbi for refusing to dialogue with a Muslim cleric.[20]
So here's this guy who was, best as we can tell, doing anti-abortion bioterrorism against pro-choice Democratic Senators. It whips the country into terror about all the things the terrorists might be able to throw at us next, and motivates a war of panicked aggression against Iraq. Given his anti-peace views about the Middle East, it's hard to imagine him being anything but delighted about this. Several years later when he's discovered, the atmosphere of terror has faded, and panicked attacks against his pet causes aren't going to happen.

I've heard through the academic grapevine that Ivins has recently accepted a senior appointment in the Department of Evil at the University of Hell. Say what you will about Satan, but he's a damn fine academic administrator and he knows how to hire the best.

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