Retaliatory terrorism?

Let me make sure I’ve got this straight:

Ilka Schroeder, a 25-year-old ex-Green Party member, opponent of globalization and intervention in Kosovo, now a member of the European Parliament, says that the EU has been giving money to Palestinian causes, some of which has been diverted to funding terrorism, as an element of a “proxy war” against the United States.

Glenn Reynolds agrees with her, citing this post, which is somewhat more emphatic than the original story in asserting that intentional funding of terrorism, rather than misspending of EU funds, is an “open secret” in Brussels.

Reynolds then suggests that Israel and the United States might retaliate by sponsoring terrorism directed at Europeans.

Europeans should worry, though, about what will happen if Israel — or America — decides to return the favor. Providing financial aid to terrorists who target European civilians would be uncivilized — but, then, the Europeans are supposed to be the civilized ones, no?

Note that Glenn doesn’t quite endorse the idea, but he doesn’t denounce it either. And since it seems to be entirely his idea, he presumably knows whether he considers it a hope or a fear.

I think this is what Glenn’s friends mean when they refer to his subtle sense of humor. (Nixon’s people called it “plausible deniability.”) But I’m hoping for one of Glenn’s patented I-was-just-kidding updates, just to be sure.

And I’m hoping that some of his warblogger friends will take this occasion to distance themselves from what seems to be a truly evil idea. Pardon me for being dense, but we’re supposed to be the ones who are against terrorism, no?

[Thanks to Very Very Happy (via Atrios) for the pointer.]

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

One thought on “Retaliatory terrorism?”

  1. Feeling a bit dizzy now

    This is pretty cool. Nevertheless, it doesn’t move. In future, when I come across some piece of irritating rhetoric from the likes of Glenn Reynolds or David Brooks, rather than attempt to rebut it I will simply link to this…

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