The circle of terror

When Laurie Mylroie published her book Study of Revenge in October 2000, powerfully summarizing the evidence that the 1993 World Trade Center bombing was the work of Saddam Hussein, the book was widely ignored. After 9/11, the book was republished as The War Against America: Saddam Hussein and the World Trade Center Attacks, with an introduction by James Woolsey that endorsed Mylroie’s analysis of the evidence. Woolsey was of course the CIA director at the time of the attacks. Then-President Bill Clinton chose never to meet with Woolsey regarding the 1993 attack.
One would have thought that after 9/11 Mylroie’s analysis would be the subject of serious attention, but such has not been the case. I do not understand why. The only thought that has occurred to me is the observation in Saul Bellow’s novel Herzog that “a great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.”
Given their prescience regarding the dangers we face, Daniel Pipes, Steven Emerson, and Mylroie are perhaps uniquely deserving of our attention. Today National Review Online has posted Mylroie’s latest column: “The circle of terror.”

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