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Personally, I prefer the franchise metaphor to describe Al Quaida. After all, bin Ladin didn't endorse al-Zarqawi as the leader of "Al Q in Mesopotamia" until after he had proven that he met the branding requirements.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Sun Apr 16th, 2006 at 09:54:09 AM EST
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