How To Avoid American Drones, by Al-Qaeda

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When AP reporters walked through turf where Islamic terrorists had been driven out by the French military, they found a curious photocopied document: a list of 22 tips for avoiding UAV death. But you can use them, too!


Most of the stuff seems like pretty solid advice centered around hiding or covering yourself with other stuff, but hey, when you're in the middle of a warzone, you've got to work with what you have. Like spare tires or broken glass. Even if it's not a panacea against sudden Hellfire strike, it sure beats standing around waiting to get vaporized by some guy in Nevada. If and when Predator drones patrol the skies of the US looking for bad guys in suburbia instead of terrorists in Africa, you might just want to print out a copy for yourself. [AP]

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It's kind of odd to read a document which comes across as so matter-of-fact. It makes the Al Qaeda feel less like a faceless enemy and more like a group of people (not a sympathetic group, but still more human).

I imagine many Americans picture Al Qaeda as primarily made up of completely unsophisticated tribesmen with AK47s and RPGs. It is easy to forget that intelligent people are needed to organize such a widespread group with such lofty goals.

It's also painfully obvious how clearly our economic struggles are seen as a victory for Al Qaeda. We spend money on blowing them up and not on ourselves.