Wednesday, September 01, 2004

How to influence people and shoot yourself in the foot

Two of the biggest opponents to the invasion of Iraq were France and Russia. So, in a stunning failure of logic, Islamic terrorists have kidnapped two French journalists and holding hundreds of schoolchildren hostage in Moscow, threatening to blow them up. This after a car bomb and two blown-up airliners.

Yes, there are the ancilliary problems. France banning the head scarf and Russia's bleeding ulcer known as Chechnya. But to perform these types of actions is only going to drive these countries further into the US camp of direct confrontation. Which is a good thing for us. But it shows a (thankfully) lacking sense of long-term vision by these terrorists. You'd think their advisor was Mary Beth Cahill.

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