[lit-ideas] Terrorism Flashback

  • From: Eric Yost <eyost1132@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 19 Jun 2006 00:34:01 -0400

>>Over what? A cancelled idea?

The idea was canceled either (a) because it was not destructive enough, and/or (b) it would interfere with a much more destructive attack already being planned.


Q: What's the leading theory about why al-Zawahiri called them off?

Suskind: What has been concluded for the most part is this: al-Qaeda's thinking is that a second-wave attack should be more destructive and more disruptive than 9/11. Why? Because that would create an upward arc of terror and anticipation between the second and ostensibly a third attack. That fear and terror is a central goal of the al-Qaeda strategy.


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