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Al Qaeda, Diamonds, Africa, and the Importance of Intelligence

This story from today’s Washington Post reads like a James Bond thriller. There are spies, and shady characters a-plenty; cornering the diamond market and purchasing weapons, a lot of big weapons; African tyrants from Burkina Faso and Liberia and bad guys from Panama and Nicaragua to Bulgaria; and the value of the computer purchased for peanuts by the Wall Street Journal in Afghanistan a year ago. There are also signs of CIA mistakes (and European determination); signs of huge amount of money and weapons being at stake; signs that Al Qaeda is well organized and smart, very smart. This is a must read; worth reading as if it were a Platonic dialogue, and don’t forget to read between the lines.

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