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Gotcha, you bastard. Repeat endlessly.

Posted on Friday, June 9th, 2006

So Ahmad Fadhil Nazzal al-Khalaylah (a.k.a. Abu Musab al-Zarqawi) is dead. Will he be missed? Not by me, certainly, nor by the vast majority of Shiites in Iraq, nor perhaps even by most Sunnis there, in their decent heart of hearts. The question is, will he be missed by his fellow jihadists, and the wider […]

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Gotcha, you mass murdering bastard

Posted on Monday, December 15th, 2003

A welcome development: Saddam Hussein captured, looking like hell and without firing a shot. Bravo, U.S. armed forces! Even if Hussein was a figurehead in the resistance, as seems likely from his raggedy appearance and hole in the ground, his capture doesn’t just embarrass that resistance, it weakens it: who is the successor? Who calls […]

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Gotcha, you bastard: the continuing series

Posted on Saturday, May 31st, 2003

Not Al Qaeda this time — although similarities come to mind: Olympics Bombing Suspect Rudolph Arrested. Abortion clinic bomber suspect, too. Sayonara, a**h*le. Way to go, FBI. (Prior “Gotchas” here.)

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Gotcha, you bastard (the series continues)

Posted on Wednesday, March 5th, 2003

Osama running out of bridge partners? The Washington Post reports that it wasn’t just Khalid Shaikh Mohammed who got nabbed in Rawalpindi. Mustafa Ahmed Hawsawi, alleged financial chief of Al Qaeda, was apparently caught napping as well. Hawsawi, a Saudi native (go figure), is said to have been the paymaster for the 9/11 terrorists. Some […]

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Gotcha, you bastard (an ongoing series)

Posted on Sunday, March 2nd, 2003

Lovely news from Rawalpindi: Khalid Shaikh Mohammed apprehended. (I can’t help mentioning: you’ve looked better, Khalid.) He’s considered the chief planner of the September 11 attacks. Mr. Mohammed will be seeing Mr. Atta in hell, but not before a lengthy layover in Guantanamo Bay.  Sayonara, s**thead.

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Gotcha, you bastard

Posted on Monday, September 16th, 2002

Great news that Binalshibh, a key 9/11 plotter, has been caught (Arrests in Karachi Raising Hopes in Hunt for Al Qaeda). Mixed feelings that the Al-Jazeera reporter who interviewed Binalshibh a week ago fears for his life as a suspected snitch (WPost, 9/15/2002, “Arab Journalist Fears Al Qaeda Retaliation”). Also a relief — for those […]

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Five years

Posted on Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

I started blogging on this site five years ago yesterday. It took me several tries fiddling with the FTP target address, if I recall correctly; at any rate, I still remember the pleased “hey! it worked!” feeling I got when I saw my first post. It’s a memory tempered these days by what I feel […]

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