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March 31, 2010
'What Makes Chechen Women So Dangerous?'
It's hard to parody the New York Times when they see your parody and raise it with self-parody of their own. Yesterday I pointed out how the New York Times took pains to emphasize that the defining characteristic of the Moscow terrorist bombers was not that they were Muslim but that they were "female." Today the Times published a serious piece of journalism titled, "What Makes Chechen Women So Dangerous?" The topic is not without interest, but the focus on the gender of the bomber throughout the mainstream media is a transparent diversion from identifying them as part of the global Islamic jihad. Chechens have their own separatist goals, but they are clearly tied to al-Qaeda.
Over on today's editorial page, the Times editorial board frets about "root causes"-the "underlying inequities that feed militancy, including poverty, joblessness and official corruption." As if jihadists are willing to die to protest the lack of government job programs.