Wednesday, May 05, 2010

The Times Square (failed) bomber

I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop in the Faisal Shahzad investigation. And wondering when it does, what it will be.

To this point, I'm attempting to figure out if Shahzad qualifies as a moron or if he's brilliant. Here's a man who left behind enough pieces of evidence that the Keystone Kops would have had little trouble finding him. Was that a sign of a lack of intelligence? Or an innate ability to be crafty?

He inexplicably remained in New York while the investigation began and quickly encircled him. Did he know no better? Or was he exactly where he wanted to be?

Then from the moment he was arrested, investigators have told the media he has cooperated, confessed and told them a significant amount of information. Today he waived his right to an attorney. Proof of his idiocy? Or part of his plan?

So, is he dumb as a rock? Or crazy like a fox?

Either Shahzad knows so little about the U.S. legal system that he thinks talking will lead to the equivalent of a slap on the wrist. Or he knows so much about it that he is eager to get himself into a public courtroom, and it is there where the next act of this saga could play out.

Could Shahzad be planning courtroom theatrics, including a verbal tirade against the U.S. and the West? Could he be angling to do what other terrorists have not been able to -- use a guilty verdict in an American courtroom as validation (in his mind) of the barbarity of the United States? Could he be laying the foundation for martyrdom?

Or could he be a blundering idiot who has no idea what he is doing?

At this point, your guess is as good as mine.

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