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March 2, 2010 10:18 AM   Subscribe

Criminals, politics, governments. The decades-long battle to catch an international arms broker.
posted by semmi (7 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
My favorite quote from this excellent article, because it is such a classic example of an evildoer's rationalizations: “How do I know who’s good and who’s bad?” Kassar would say of his associates. "The bad people for you may be the good people for me.”
posted by bearwife at 10:36 AM on March 2, 2010

Oh yeah, just read that over lunch yesterday. Reminded me of Lord of War which, IMHO, is Nicholas Cage's most underrated film.
posted by craven_morhead at 10:42 AM on March 2, 2010

Reminded me of Lord of War which, IMHO, is Nicholas Cage's most underrated film.

I'm struggling to imagine how much you'd have to loathe a Nick Cage movie in order to underrate it.
posted by Pope Guilty at 10:57 AM on March 2, 2010 [2 favorites]

Nic Cage's most underrated movie is Kiss of Death.

There, I said it.
posted by Astro Zombie at 11:59 AM on March 2, 2010

Impressive article, and having the nuts to go after this guy, or a drug lord, are big nuts indeed.

I think that the classic refrain of "When governments do it, it's not illegal" come to mind. Dealing in death and weapons is not the issue here, its that he was doing it without the current permission slip.
posted by lalochezia at 3:26 PM on March 2, 2010 [1 favorite]

Not that this fellow isn't a swine. But the combination of the USA's ridiculous "conspiracy laws" - aka slap together whatever shitty evidence you have - and extraterritorial jurisdiction is basically a recipe for legalised rendition.
posted by atrazine at 12:16 AM on March 3, 2010

oh, and selling man-portable SAMs to terrorists? Somehow I don't think that anyone is going to film "Monzer Al-Kasser's War".
posted by atrazine at 12:19 AM on March 3, 2010

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