Would a Jihadi Blow Up a Jet Filled With Muslims?

By Jeffrey Goldberg

Goldblog reader David Schraub writes:

Your reader who tries to whittle down your sample size makes some grave errors of his own. Among others, he doesn't seem to have a response to your "anti-profile" argument (that the most likely Muslim terrorist hijackers -- if they decide to draw from that well again, which I also think unlikely -- will be a white-skinned, blue-eyed Chechen), is overly confident that the only relevant demographic is young Islamic males, and wildly overstates their propensity to be involved in terrorist activity.

But the statement that raised my eyebrows the most was: After all, no right-minded jihadi wants to blow up a jet with 200 Muslims on board.

If there is one thing we've learned about Islamist terrorists over the past few years, it's that they would have no such qualms.

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