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Nuclear Ambitions Wanted


Al Qaeda in Iraq has put out an audio wanted ad on a popular website, which, as an article by David Rising in today's Boston Globe puts it, "beckons nuclear scientists." Datelined Baghdad, the piece details the call for experts in "chemistry, physics, electronics ... especially nuclear scientists and explosives experts" to join the group's holy war against the West. "We are in dire need of you," said Abu Ayyub al-Masri, one of the many young men with a mustache and goatee but now the terrorist group's leader in Iraq, "the field of jihad can satisfy your scientific ambitions ...." Perhaps this is another reason to ease the visa requirements for the entry of Arab graduate students to American graduate schools, especially, let's say, Cal Tech and MIT.

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