Not the fog of

December 23, 2001 2:01 p.m.

Not the fog of war perhaps, but maybe we should call this the fog of terrorism. In the last post we noted the Washington Post report that ‘Richard Reid’ – alleged shoe-igniter – was really Sri Lankan national Tariq Raja.

Now CNN – relying on a Scotland Yard spokesman – seems to imply that the man really is a British national and perhaps even is Richard Reid, but changed his name to Abdel Raheem after converting to Islam.

More striking still, one of the subduers of the man in question – a Frenchman who happens to be a journalist – says the man had “light skin.” That seems hard to square with the picture opposite unless the FBI guy is the stoned-looking dude on the right with the pull-over hood.

P.S. At least now we know he had exploding shoes.

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