Friday, September 12, 2003

From an article in Time dated June 20, 2001 (emphasis added):

". . . For sheer diabolical genius (of the Hollywood variety), nothing came close to the reports that European security services are preparing to counter a Bin Laden attempt to assassinate President Bush at next month's G8 summit in Genoa, Italy. According to German intelligence sources, the plot involved Bin Laden paying German neo-Nazis to fly remote controlled-model aircraft packed with Semtex into the conference hall and blow the leaders of the industrialized world to smithereens. (Paging Jerry Bruckheimer . . .)"

In June of 2001, the author found this funny, but he probably doesn't find it quite so funny now. One has to wonder:

  1. how Rice and Fleischer could assert that it was inconceivable prior to September 11 that someone might use a hijacked plane flown into a building as a weapon.

  2. whether the Europeans believed that the weapon used would be remote-controlled model airplanes because they didn't believe that people would kill themselves in the attack (of course, there are some who feel the 9-11 planes were remote-controlled).

  3. whether at least the more prominent hijackers were in fact German neo-Nazis, as that would be consistent with their behavior as German-speaking, drinking, gambling, womanizing thugs (traits not usually associated with pious Islam). The target may have been regarded by the neo-Nazis as a Jewish-owned building in a city associated with the Jews (as Jesse Jackson called it, 'Hymietown'). It might also explain why a group of Israeli art-student spies were following the hijackers around.

  4. whether the planes used on September 11 were 'juiced up' by having explosives deposited in their cargo compartments by the hijackers' confederates who had access to the planes.