Tuesday, March 04, 2003

Blog break: My wife and I will be out of town visiting various law schools that have accepted us. Please check back next week.

Monday, March 03, 2003

Encouraging Terrorist Acts: One of the many objections to war in Iraq is that it will encourage terrorism by outraging the "Arab street" (We heard the same objection when we invaded Afghanistan).

But it seems to me that nothing will encourage terrorism quite like capturing terrorist leaders alive. If we are known to be holding masterminds in "undisclosed locations," subordinates may run operations, in particular things like hostage-taking and bomb threats, with the specific demand that leaders be released "or else."

The obvious answers include secret detentions and (though this would hurt our intelligence gathering) simply killing instead of capturing terrorists.

I'm waiting to hear from the anti-war movement on this point...