Terrorism Fallacies

Smash has started a post thread to debunk misunderstandings of terrorism as he encounters them.

[A]fter looking throught the 9/11 Commission reports, and reading the reactions in the press and around the various weblogs, I realize that most people still know very, very little about the al Qaeda organization and international terrorism in general. The past few days have made me realize that many people are holding on to various fallacies and misconceptions about international terror groups. So, instead of writing a lengthy analysis of the reports, I̢۪ve decided my time would be better spent addressing these fallacies as I encounter them.

This is going to be a very long post, and I will be updating it frequently…

That’s not a post, my friend, it’s a book. Or a blog. [Hmm. How about a group blog called “Terrorism Fallacies”? -ed. Like I’ve got time for that. As Dave Barry would say, though, it would be a good name for a rock band.]

James Joyner
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  1. Hal says:

    Geesh. You’d think anyone who thought about it for a moment would understand that you don’t need a plane to practice terrorism. You could trivially recreate the interior in a some warehouse. The only reason you’d need a plane is to practice anti terrorism tactics – i.e. to practice assaulting a plane held by terrorists.

    Scraping the bottom of the barrel, guys. Scraping the ever loving bottom.

  2. James Joyner says:

    What in the hell are you talking about? Who said anything about planes?!