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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
Al Qaida's pattern of attack
Al Qaida's pattern of attack

Al-Qaida has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack on the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists in Paris. The motive for the attack by the Kouachi brothers was to avenge what the brothers believed to be blasphemy against the prophet Mohammed. Yet the Koran never specified blasphemy as a crime punishable by death for Muslims, much less non-believing infidels. Nor can blasphemy be committed against a man, in this case Mohammed — only against Allah. Terrorist footmen, like the Kouachi brothers, may not possess the religious knowledge to make such subtle distinctions. But al-Qaida's chief, Ayman al-Zawahiri, certainly knows Sharia law. He also understands that al-Qaida profits from...