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Reader comment on item: [Ra'ed Mansour al-Banna:] The California Suicide Bomber

Submitted by David Pinto (Canada), Apr 4, 2005 at 15:57

The article tells us that al-Banna studied law, graduated, apparently in law, and then started his own law practice in Jordan.

Yet when he moved to the U.S.A., he moved from one unskilled job to another -- factory worker, bus driver, and pizza maker.

Does this sound believable?

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On another point, you say at the end of the article:

urgent need to keep an eye on all potential Islamists and jihadis, which is to say Muslims.

And how exactly do you propose to do this, Mr. Pipes? Do you have any idea of the enormous, massive increase in the number of policemen/policewomen it would take to keep an eye on literally millions of people? And since Muslims now live in all sorts of countries, wouldn't that rather complicate matters too?

David Pinto
Montreal
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Daniel Pipes replies:

a) It commonly happens that immigrants find jobs below those they had in their home countries; of what value is a Jordanian law degree in the United States?

b) I am advocating a shift in focus, not a new workforce.

DP

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