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Harvard University’s associate director of “humanitarian policy,” Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou, thinks it’s time for the U.S. to make a deal with bin Laden who, says the associate director, is widely misunderstood. So notes the Weekly Standard’s Scrapbook, adding that Dr. Mohamedou’s views, which appear in a Boston Globe op-ed, are drawn from a 30-page treatise he produced on Harvard’s dime. The treatise advises that the United States should belatedly “acknowledg[e] the logic in which terrorism is used as a method of warfare, according to a principle of indiscrimination whose rationale is negation of the notion of innocence of the civilian population, and imputation of collective responsibility.” Perhaps there’s a place for Ward Churchill at Harvard.
The same Scrapbook edition contains an amusing discussion of the “deferred” campaign of “Democratic-strategist-on-the-make Markos ‘Kos’ Moulitsas” to “euthanize” the Democratic Leadership Council. Kos would have his followers believe that only Hurricane Katrina saved the DLC from his avenging sword. That’s good news for the DLC, of course, but a tough break for Kos. For, as the Scrapbook notes, “any evil mastermind will tell you [that] having a catastrophic hurricane mess up your plans for world domination is no fun at all.”


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