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Re: Re: Al Qaeda Reader

In response to VDH’s thoughtful post, my intention was certainly not to impugn Mr. Ibrahim — indeed, my piece does not even mention his name. It seems to me that Doubleday, however, is hyping a work sight unseen and its intentions may not be the same as Mr. Ibrahim, the translator. As my conclusion suggests, there may be real value to this translation, if it helps our intelligence better understand the threat posed. But I stand by the notion (as I am certain VDH would) that understanding al Qaeda isn’t going to make them like us any more than they do today. I should note also that while Reuters reports that Doubleday intends to donate profits to charity, AP’s report says it had not discussed the issue.

Shannen W. Coffin — Shannen W. Coffin is a contributing editor to National Review. He practices appellate law in Washington, D.C.

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