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Reader comment on item: [Abdurahman Alamoudi:] Qaddafi's American Hit Man?

Submitted by Jim Eckert (United States), Jun 10, 2004 at 09:54

"There is something vaguely preposterous about Alamoudi, a Washington-based bureaucrat, engaged in international intrigue of this sort, but it does seem typical of the Qaddafi regime's abiding incompetence."

It smacks of the old-style British sense of who can do what. Remember, the Brits sent a man to Russia to try to hold off the Bolshevik revolution: W. Somerset Maugham.

We shouldn't overestimate the importance of experience in espionage. A practiced liar is a practiced liar anywhere. Experience is important, but it is not everything. Maugham felt that if he had been in Russia six months earlier, with far more money, history might have turned out differently.
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Muslim American Society [70 words]Joseph RodriguezJun 18, 2004 00:0615715
Right On, As Usual, Thank You [202 words]ML Julia SalletteJun 16, 2004 22:3515708
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The gathering storm? [87 words]Michael Jonak M.D.Jun 12, 2004 14:4315653
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Islamists [39 words]msJun 10, 2004 13:2415638
Truth? [119 words]Avi ElnekaveJun 10, 2004 10:3015634
Not that unusual [104 words]Jim EckertJun 10, 2004 09:5415633
is this name familiar [18 words]Peter J. HerzJun 10, 2004 09:0515631

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