If I had the time, I could write as much as Austin Bay. Maybe not as well, but surely as much.
Like so many other Al Qaeda big-shots, Hambali put up minimal resistance when the CIA and Thai police nabbed him in Bangkok, Thailand. He wore a t-shirt and shorts. Life on the lam required other sacrifices. He'd also shaved his jihadi beard. Now he's chatting up interrogators about JI's plans for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Bangkok October 20-21, which President George W. Bush will attend. JI targeted two hotels for bomb attacks.A Victory For the Civilized - On Point Commentary by Austin Bay StrategyPage.com
Could Hambali be lying? Sure, but bet what he says dovetails with other intelligence.
There's another reason he's talking -- in his gut he's a peculiar kind of coward. I'm constantly struck by the discrepancy between top-dog terrorists' fight-to-the-death bombast and their growing record of surrender. The round-faced Hambali went with a sigh, not suicidal grenades. Osama bin Laden-inspired terrorists claim to fight their war to redeem cosmic iniquity. The meek Hambali-in-shorts was almost comic, except the little thug is so heinously soaked in blood there is no humor, only bitter justice.