The Therapy Sessions
Friday, August 13, 2004
An American Hiroshima
What's this? Nicolas Kristof, on the opinion pages of the New York Times (!), admits that maybe there is something to all of this war on terror nonsense:
Dragonfire's report was wrong, but similar reports - that Al Qaeda has its hands on a nuclear weapon from the former Soviet Union - have regularly surfaced in the intelligence community, even though such a report has never been confirmed. We do know several troubling things: Al Qaeda negotiated for a $1.5 million purchase of uranium (apparently of South African origin) from a retired Sudanese cabinet minister; its envoys traveled repeatedly to Central Asia to buy weapons-grade nuclear materials; and Osama bin Laden's top deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, boasted, 'We sent our people to Moscow, to Tashkent, to other Central Asian states, and they negotiated, and we purchased some suitcase [nuclear] bombs.
Of course, it has the obligatory "Iraq war was a distraction" meme - Kristof can't get his mind around the concept that Arab tyranny is the major reason for the hopelessness that cultures terrorism - but the article is a serious study of the enormity of the task before us: preventing a nuclear sneak attack on our political and financial centers of power.