“War On Terror?”
In the past week there has been a new firestorm of news coming out on new pending attacks from Al-Qaeda. Here are a few here that I would like to direct your attention to: Airline warning from top al Qaeda
In brief, there’s a warning via CNN that a “source said Ali Abd al-Rahman al Faqasi al-Ghamdi… warned Wednesday that terrorists might be plotting suicide airliner hijackings with possible targets including sites in the United States Britain, Italy and Australia.
‘As of mid-June, Islamic extremists may have been planning suicide hijackings to be executed by the end of [the Northern Hemisphere] summer 2003,’ according to a document obtained by CNN.”
Sources: Sept. 11 Report Suggests Hijackers Linked to Saudi Government: This Fox news story notes that in a report to congress that the September 11, 2001 hijackers may have had support from the Saudi government.
Ashcroft: Terror Threat 'Very Real': Attorney General John Ashcroft notes that the threat from Al-Qaeda is very real and there is a potential for another attack in the near future here on American Soil.
Alleged al Qaeda tape threatens U.S., allies: Bin Laden's deputy threatens United States interests if “…anything happens…” to the detainees at Guantanamo Bay.
This major news blitz could mean one of two things; there really is something pending such as another attack on the scale of September 11, 2001 or more minor attacks abroad. The second option is that the department of Homeland security is worried over nothing; a case of the Emperor has too many clothes and is misinterpreting the information they are processing and receiving.
Yet, as of this writing there is late breaking news of another bombing in Indonesia.
Jakarta hotel bombing kills 10: “JAKARTA, Indonesia (CNN) -- A powerful car bomb exploded Tuesday at the JW Marriott Hotel in central Jakarta, Indonesia, killing at least 10 people and injuring more than 100, police said.”
This most pervious attack might be it; this might be the extent of what’s going to happen in relation to these new reports. Yet for safety’s sake we should consider this to be another wave of attacks from the Terrorist groups and those allied with Al-Qaeda.
It’s the contention of this author that going on “High Alert” pertaining for ‘attacks on American Home soil’ acts more of a deterrent then anything else. It would be as if those members of Al-Qaeda are monitoring the news and get spooked when we go from one alert level to a higher alert level, panicking and racing for cover screaming – “They’ve found us! They know what we’re going to do!”
Don’t bother asking why...
Many people are busying themselves asking: “Why do they hate us so much?” It’s a question asked in vain, because the answer defies logic, yet Newsweek had a series of cover stories that tackled this issue after September 11, 2002.
The first was the cover stories “Why do they hate us” with the picture of a small Arab boy with a toy machine gun in his hand. A few weeks later there’s a cover story titled: “What can be done to reform the Arab World”. This served as an answer to the first question. It’s not up to anyone but the Arab World to fix the Arab World.
One of the things we might want to consider is that maybe the Arab World doesn’t want our help. I’m a proud American and proud of all the wonderful things we’ve done and how we’re always the first on the scene when disaster strikes, but maybe, just maybe it’s our over-willingness to help and get involved in the affairs of others that is responsible for the hatred toward us. The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 were horrific and inexcusable, but I’m afraid they might be a symptom of a larger global disease.
My view of American participation in the world is also applied to other countries and the United Nations: before telling others how to run their household affairs, maybe some of you should take a closer look at the mess going on in your own back yards. If this is their reaction to our helping them or getting involved with the Middle East Crisis then maybe we should withdraw all together, starting with not buying oil from countries that support terrorism, first and foremost from Saudi Arabia. As part of reparations of the Second Gulf War in Iraq, we should buy our oil from the new government in Baghdad and have them use those profits to rebuild their nation.
Another aspect to look at is that the radical extremists who fuel anti-Western world hatred is based in the flawed logic - they simply hate us because of our lifestyle. We’re free people and we are better for it. We are prosperous because of our freedom. We treat our women as equals, we choose our leaders in fair elections, and we believe in the inalienable rights to free speech and the right to be able to choose our own destinies. We tolerate the intolerable, we’re an open society and people are free to live their lives as they choose. As this article proves, any moron with a Keyboard and Internet access can have his say with out the fear of retribution from the government (angry readers are another story.
Not all Muslims hate us; the vast majority of Muslims obey laws and rules of common decency. According to a Muslim friend of my when I asked him why “They” hate us, he replied: “A few angry Islamic militant men with money and influence basically brainwash kids into hating America more than anything. So much, that they relish in killing ordinary citizens.” It’s a sad fact that too many times we’re lumping a whole group together because of a corrupt few.
What needs to be known is that the members of Al-Qaeda simply hate us for who we are and there is no negotiation with these terrorists. There’s no sense to why they hate, other than they accuse the West for corrupting their religion, and they hate their fellow Muslims who don’t follow in their radical view of Islam.
What can be done?
There are a few things that the average person can do to help prevent the next September 11, 2001.
First and foremost is call or write your Senator, Congressman and local politicians and demand for the current laws against illegal immigration to be enforced and that new laws should be passed to restrict immigration of men and women from the terrorist nations. Also, while you have them on the phone or are working on that letter, encourage them to pass the legislation that will give our service people more resources to do their jobs. Money isn’t enough, proper training and equipment is essential to fight this war against terror.
On a personal level, be vigilant but DON’T be paranoid. Not to sound “touchy-fealy” don’t spy on your neighbor - go meet your neighbor and get to know him. To quote the Frank Cappra classic “Meet John Doe” you can’t have someone who’s on your team be a stranger. Keep your eyes open and be on the look out of suspicious behavior. This isn’t an open invitation to be a snitch, but if there’s anything out of place, give the information to the proper authorities. Again, Be vigilant; keep the paranoia at home with the conspiracy theories about little green men from Roswell.
One of the most positive things I experienced after September 11, 2001 was coming home to see almost every house lit with candles in solidarity for our country. My proudest moment was seeing my wife lighting every candle we had in the house (including the expensive Yankee Candles) on the porch railing. Don’t wait for the next terrorist attack to feel a surge of patriotism outside of holidays - everyday should be Flag Day and every day should be Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. Show your pride and fly the flag every day.
Stop blaming the United States or Western Civilization. The radical notion that somehow we’re to “blame” is a work of fiction more fantastical then anything cooked up by Hollywood. Terrorism is inexcusable... there is no justification for the murder of thousands to know him.
Modern-day Nazis & Gangsters.
Every Generation has had some Evil to over come. The Generation with the style and morals we aspired to, had to face both the bootleggers and gangsters within our own United States to defeat the Nazis in Germany and fascists in Italy. After that there was the communists in Russia and China through out the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, and sadly the radical neo-pop icons of the 80’s and 90’s. We shall again over come evil and we should not allow these terrorists to overcome civilization and cast us down into another Dark Age.
I am reminded of when I was in college and I was visiting one of the neighboring institutions in the area one Saturday night. I was walking around the library of Saint Lawrence University in Upstate New York and came across the history section. In that collection there were books that were already more than a century old and about wars I had never heard of. In the introduction to one of those books, it described the personal horror many people experienced and over came, this war had interrupted countless lives and to many this was the end of the world. They survived to write those pages in a book of a long forgotten war.
In time, this soon will pass and will become just dusty books on a shelf in some other library for a student to discover years from now