THE ISLAMIST JIHAD AGAINST WESTERN CIVILIZATION:
THE NEXT ISLAMIC TERRORIST ATTACK ON THE U.S.A.
By Alan Caruba
In a recent Washington Times column, John McCaslin cited a poll by the National Association of Chiefs of Police. The poll asked participants to indicate whetere they agreed or disagreed with the following statement: “Because of the ‘current political polarization’ in America today, the United States will suffer another ‘large scale’ terrorist attack within the next year."
McCaslin reported the poll revealed that 95 percent of the nation's police commanders and security directors expect a "catastrophic" terrorist incident within the continental United States. "If Americans believe we're not being targeted for terror in the near future, they are fooling themselves," says NACOP Vice President Jim Kouri, who predicts the killers, among other dastardly missions, "will be attempting to influence this November's presidential election. It worked for them in Spain.”
It is the opinion of many counterterrorism experts that al-Qa'ida will attack America again, and they believe it will come before the elections in November, 2004. The thinking of the Islamists is that the success they had in Spain can be repeated here in the U.S.A., and their aim is to cause the defeat of incumbent President George W. Bush in his bid for reelection and obtain the election of Senator John F. Kerry to the Office of President. Their overall objective is to demoralize Americans and undermine and destroy our resolve to defend America and the West against the Islamic Jihadists and continue our support of the U.S. military occupation of Iraq until the Iraqis can establish, make secure, and effectively operate a constitutional democratic form of government.
It is likely that an attack would be intended to kill thousands, though an attack remains conjecture at this point, based on intelligence gathered by our intelligence agencies and by those of other nations.
Here are some targets al-Qa'ida might have in mind.
If Al-Qa'ida wants to kill a lot of people in order to ratchet up the level of terror in the U.S.A., New York City remains a prime target, and. there are recent reports of empty suitcases showing up in its subways and other locations as a possible test run on the delivery of a WMD.
What other city would be a likely target? One answer is Los Angeles and, in particular, Hollywood. Radical Muslims regard the films and television shows coming out of Hollywood as a direct attack on their sense of moral superiority. A dirty bomb or bioterror weapon in Los Angeles would have the desired effect. Remember, too, that a terrorist was caught in the run-up to Y2K when he crossed the border from Canada with a car full of explosives. His target, we were told, was the Los Angeles Airport.
Recently, Jordanians thwarted a plot to attack the U.S. embassy and other targets there with poison gas. According to estimates, the casualties would have been as many as 20,000. A similar target in the U.S.A. would reap a similar result. Again, the belief that Iraq did not have WMDs should be put to rest. The belief that it was not cooperating with al-Qa'ida should have been dispelled by now. Supporters of the deposed Saddam Hussein are continuing their insurgency against our troops and would surely want to strike at the American homeland.
If I were Osama bin Laden, a trained engineer, what might be another likely target in America? One answer is oil refineries. There hasn’t been a new refinery built in the U.S.A. since the 1970s, and the ones we have are strained to capacity. When even one is closed down for routine maintenance, the price of gas spikes. Imagine if two, maybe three, were destroyed? The highways would empty out, followed by the office buildings and just about every other enterprise that depends on workers who drive to work. That includes schools, hospitals; just about everything, everywhere. America would have to declare martial law.
Another likely target would be America's electrical grid, the objective an attack being disruption of this aging electrical grid that distributes this vital source of energy around the nation. Remember when the grid failed a year or so ago? It shut down the entire Northeast from Ohio to New York. Destroy key components of the grid, and people will be cooking dinner over an open fire in the backyard.
The plane that crashed in Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001, had a destination about which we can only speculate. But let’s say it was Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and a direct hit on the building could take out a very large number of U.S. Senators and Representatives. The U.S. Constitution does not clearly and unambiguously make provision for the killing of enough members of Congress to render it unable to function. Congress, however, is debating legislation that would allow for emergency elections in the event that should occur.
While America remains a target, so do Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Turkey, Britain and just about every other nation around the world. We are dealing with people willing to kill anybody for their crazed notion of protecting a failed way of life, a belief that Islam must dominate the world and be practiced in a fashion which Osama bin Laden dictates.
It should never be forgotten that bin Laden has already issued a fatwa, an Islamic edict, calling for the deaths of all Americans. And what also should not be forgotten is the Ladenese Epistle -- bin Laden's declaration of war against the U.S.A., the entire West, and the rest of the non-Muslim world.
As our level of anxiety rises, al-Qa'ida has already achieved one of its objectives.
The question, if an attack occurs, is whether Americans will deepen their resolve to destroy their Islamist enemies or seek to withdraw from the fight.
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Islamist Terrorist Attacks on the U.S.A.
Osama bin Laden & the Islamist Declaration of War
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Alan Caruba is a veteran business and science writer, a Public Relations Counselor, Communications Director of the American Policy Center, and Founder of the National Anxiety Center, a clearinghouse for information about media-driven scare campaigns. Caruba writes a weekly column, "Warning Signs," posted on the Internet website of the National Anxiety Center (www.anxietycenter.com). A compilation of his past columns, entitled Warning Signs, is published by Merril Press. In addition to Warning Signs, Caruba is the author of A Pocket Guide to Militant Islam and The United Nations vs. the United States, both of which are available from the National Anxiety Center, 9 Brookside Road, Maplewood, New Jersey, 07040.
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