Landing the Big One

Landing the Big One

Sunday, July 03, 2005

From Transatlantic Intelligencer: Ransom and Terror in Iraq

How are the "fascists" paying for their war on Iraqi civilian? Transatlantic Intelligencer has the grpahic evidence supporting the idea that it may be through kidnapping foreigner and collecting ransom, as set out here.

I find this interesting since the pattern of kidnapping for ransom is also involved in the Philippines (see here) with the and in several of the pirate attacks in the Malacca Strait (e.g.this) and off Somalia (see here). Is it just a coincidence? Or standardardized operating procedure for the funding of groups sharing common training and goals? I think the latter, but in any event, paying ransom only reinforces the behavior and makes matters worse. And Transatlantic Intelligencer has the stats to support that premise.

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