Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Unusable endorsements, part two

Hot on the heels of our "Unusable endorsements" post comes another:
After you read the suggested books, you will know the truth, and you will be greatly shocked by the scale of concealment that has been exercised on you.
-- Osama bin Laden.

The books are (1) Walt & Mearsheimer, The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy; (2) Jimmy Carter, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid; and (3) (apparently) John Perkins, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man (Osama doesn't seem to recall the title precisely, which is no surprise to any bookseller).

This via the NYT's Lede Blog, which also suggests that Osama is no longer the functional leader of al-Qaeda:
Unlike Mr. Bin Laden, who seems to regard Americans as a nation of intellectuals who just need to read the right books, Mr. Abu Yahya, who was in American custody in Afghanistan until he escaped in 2005, formed his impressions of Americans first-hand. At Bagram airbase, Mr. Brachman writes, “he passed time by intimately studying his American captors as they aimlessly surfed the Internet or complained to him about their dysfunctional childhoods.”
Oh, dear.

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