Perfection. As a summation of counterterrorism in a multicultural age, it simply can’t be improved upon — right down to the glaring misuse of the word “racist” to describe a terror plot in which five of the six principals are non-Arab. Not even Steyn and Lileks, as brilliant as they’ve been in mocking the absurdities of western “sensitivity” in the teeth of jihad, have hit the target so squarely. It reads like a punchline, which is exactly what it is.
But let’s concede this much to Olby and the nutroots denialists: however potentially lethal these guys might have been, they were indeed decidedly JV.
It all began on a frigid January day with 10 bearded Muslim men huddled in the parking lot of a Circuit City debating who would go inside to have a copy made of a tape showing them firing guns and praising jihad.
Eventually, the group – who’d been seen standing outside earlier that January 2006 week – selected two men to go inside while the rest waited in the parking lot, an employee who was outside smoking at the time recalled.
I’m no expert, but I’m guessing a semipro jihadist outfit could manage to make a copy of a videotape without the whole cell needing to take a day trip down to the local outlet store. Geez.