Anniversaries & Addenda
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Why We Should Expect Another 9/11
Article #28 –
9-11-11 nears. Event the date sounds ominous; like a long-distance emergency response number. That it also marks the 10th anniversary of 9-11 makes it downright sinister.
From time to time, people have asked me if Al-Qaeda and/or affiliates “celebrate” anniversaries. My answer has always been ‘yes’ and ‘no.’ ‘Yes’ if they can carry it off and ‘no,’ if they do not have the luxury of time.
Are anniversaries important to them? The answer is yes. Do they have the capabilities of pulling off an attack on a preselected day? Maybe or maybe not, depending on the circumstances.
For them, number one is pulling off an attack; number two is on a day which ‘celebrates’ something. If they can achieve both, wonderful; if not, they go for the attack.
Let’s review the scoreboard:
26 February 1993 First World Trade Center Bombing
7 August 1998 East African Embassy Bombings
Late 1999 to 2000 Multiple attempts both internationally and domestically to ring in the new Christian millennium with a bang:
14 Dec. 1999 U.S. Customs arrested Ahmed Ressam attempting to enter the country from Canada with explosives.
19 Dec. 1999 Lucia Garofalo and Bouabide Chamchi, suspected terrorists were arrested on the Canadian-Vermont border.
19 Dec. 1999 Pakistan arrested 200+ suspected terrorists, plotting millennium attacks against US nationals.
11 March 2004 Madrid bombings, ‘celebrating’ the second-and-a-half year anniversary of 9/11.
Perhaps it’s just me but 9/11/11 even appears sinister. It’s like 9/11 doubled. That it also symbolizes the 10th anniversary of 9/11 makes it even scarier. Depending on their capabilities, I cannot believe that this particular anniversary has not loomed large on Al-Qaeda’s horizon. Whether they can pull something off is another question. The Madrid bombings of 3/11 proved that Al-Qaeda does celebrate the day. It also indicates that these anniversarial attacks are not necessarily limited to America.
I, for one, will be a whole lot more comfortable if we can reach 9/12/11 without incident. I’m just not holding my breath.
Two addenda and I’m done:
You’re the new kid on the block. Stop trying to reinvent the wheel. When Richard Reid tried to blow up his shoe, you responded with inspections of everyone’s footwear. I had to pull my party sock out of the drawer. Then the crazy kid from Nigeria, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, tries to blow up his crotch on Christmas day, 2009. Being a male, the whole concept gives me the willies. I was waiting for your response, expecting you to outlaw underwear. Could have made things real interesting at the airports.
While I appreciate the full physicals I receive every time I fly, I think you need to take another look at things. Instead of being ‘reactive,’ you might want to talk with some folk who have been there, done that and gotten the tee-shirt. I suggest you start with Israel. They know what they’re doing – a refreshing change.
O.K., I’m done unless you out there have any other issues you want addressed. If so, email accordingly.
If not, I bid you fond farewell.
Thanks for your comments, please keep them coming –
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P.S. For those of you who want more than a snappy synopsis of the whys and wherefores of 9/11, I refer you to www.intelwire.com. It is managed by a good friend, John Berger. He is a certified terrorist consultant, who documents his colons and commas. If it's there, you can take it to the bank.
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