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2008-06-05 04:51

(UPDATED BELOW)

I may not be looking hard enough, but poking around the web, I see no one who obviously supports my view regarding Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Yet I suspect I’m not the only one who believes that Mohammed is full of shit for confessing to playing a central role in the 9/11 attacks, the murder of Daniel Pearl, and apparently some 30-odd other incidents.

My personal belief, based on little more than my sense of the prima facie ridiculousness of some of his testimony, is that he once held some upper-middle-level position in Al Qaida, a sort of Al Qaida beadle, high enough to have learned some important names and dates and to have played a role in some, if not all, of these attacks, but not high enough to have been responsible for planning and ultimately executing them.

Frankly, reading some of his testimony, I find it hard to accept that anyone credits him with the sum of these awful deeds. He’s a stolid mid-level soldier eagerly taking credit for gruesome achievements far beyond his intellectual abilities, social connections, financial resources, and imagination. His participating in two or three of these crimes is plausible; not more. If he dies for all these crimes, it will be his grand triumph, not that of the U.S.

UPDATE
I wasn’t looking hard enough. Here and here are examples of some healthy KSM skepticism.


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