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Friday, March 03, 2006
Ya Think?

Under the headline "U.S. Intel: Qaeda Plotting 'Big Bang'" [in Iraq], CBS/AP says:
Last week's mosque bombing in city of Samarra that brought Iraq to the brink of civil war was the work of terrorists, some U.S. officials have theorized.
Oh, all right: I suppose there's a theoretical question of whether something that doesn't kill anyone can be called "terrorism", and a more specific question as to what it means that the bombing was apparently designed not to kill anyone. But it wasn't the local DPW or anything. (If somebody blew up the Statue of Liberty while it was empty, would we wonder if it had been "terrorists"?)

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