Thursday, May 16, 2002

I don't want to sound like a spy novel, but I've been thinking about Jarrah and the anomalies in his story and a way to explain them. The anomalies are so extreme that they need some sort of radical explanation. The explanation I've come up with is crazy, but everything about this story is crazy. Ziad Samir Jarrah was a completely secular, non-fundamentalist, happy-go-lucky guy, living with his girlfriend in Bochum and planning to be married. He was just about the last guy you'd expect would become a suicide terrorist. He had three fatal characteristics:

  1. He was a young Arab man born in the Middle East but living outside the Middle East.

  2. He had trained as a pilot (or at least had technical knowledge of airplanes).

  3. He knew Atta (the original Atta) in Hamburg.

Remember that his girlfriend reported him missing. I'm afraid he's not coming back. He was probably murdered, and his identification was probably taken from him and from his apartment (including the German work permit lent to him by his cousin). All the while, someone was already using parts of his personal identity in the United States, building up the 'legend' of Jarrah by attending flying school, learning street-fighting techniques, getting a speeding ticket (a must for all good terrorists), and hanging out in a conspicuous way with other actors in the play. The legend was further embellished by having a third person use Jarrah's identification to fly to Afghanistan, and then be detained and interrogated in Dubai at the specific request of the U. S. government. This added to the composite Jarrah terrorist ID the idea that he went to Afghanistan, where he presumably was indoctrinated and trained by al-Qaeda. It also explains how Jarrah got into the United States after this interrogation without incident (the first fake Jarrah was already in the United States, and the traveller to Afghanistan just disappeared). When the plane crashed into Pennsylvania, someone brought the German work permit to the wreckage and left it there, thus tying everything neatly together. Who would be capable of setting up such a complicated scenario (and remember, they had to do at least 18 more, one for each terrorist, and each one different)? Was al-Qaeda? Was bin Laden?