Pape AgainBefore, Pape got quickly ignored when he showed that most suicide bombers weren't religious, nor were they criminals. But the NY Times made up for it a little when they ran an Op/Ed by Pape today. It includes this quote.
In December 2003, the Norwegian intelligence service found a lengthy Qaeda planning document on a radical Islamic Web site that described a coherent strategy for compelling the United States and its allies to leave Iraq. It made clear that more spectacular attacks against the United States like those of 9/11 would be insufficient, and that it would be more effective to attack America's European allies, thus coercing them to withdraw their forces from Iraq and Afghanistan and increasing the economic and military burdens that the United States would have to bear.Pape is not an idiot.