Brave bloke, came to journalism late, gave up banking, grafted to become BBC Security Correspondent after various stints in the Middle East. Eventually paid a high price by getting shot in Saudi Arabia and left for dead. Comes across as a hard working and honest journalist with a genuine love of the Arab world. Knows his stuff too. Heard him on the radio tonight talking about the latest threat from Bin Laden's Barmy Army and I had a tear in my eye, thinking of him in his wheelchair.
Subscribes to the "central command" analysis of Al Qaeda, as opposed to the "like minded ragbag" which Jason Burke has expounded.