Monday, April 30, 2007

Wright Stuff

[posted by Callimachus]

"If you want to know what makes you safer [in the U.S. than in Europe], it is not the contact lens solution that they take away at the airport. It is that Arabs and Muslims in the United States have higher incomes than the American average."

From a fascinating account of a speech by Lawrence Wright ("The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11") by Tigerhawk. Blogging at its best. He reports, and the subject's speech is at the center. From the sidelines, the blogger questions and critiques. It works well with these two; both the blogger and the subject tend toward fearless questioning and independent conclusions.

Among Wright's predictions: A U.S. defeat in Iraq will be hell on Europe:

"Europe has a big problem. In the aftermath of the Iraq war, you will see veterans returning to new or preexisting cells with enormous experience and training. I don't think the future in Europe looks very attractive."