Monday, January 22, 2007

Fighting The Terr'ists Over There... And Over Here

ABC News reports that documents discovered six months ago indicate that al Qaeda in Iraq is trying to slip terrorists into the US to commit acts of terror on American soil. Apparently the terrorists didn't get the memo regarding Bush's "we're fighting them over there so we don't have to fight them over here" strategy.

As far as strategy goes, I always thought it was a bad one anyway. To think that the same cause that inspired 19 men to kill 3,000 innocent Americans (and themselves) is going to remain focused on blowing up mosques in Iraq is just foolish. It took eight years for al Qaeda to regroup after the first WTC bombing. Trust me, they'll be back... in multiples. The 'real' al Qaeda and its wannabe offshoots.

I remember going out for beers with a magnificently educated friend of ours just prior to the 2004 election. Specializing in nuclear medicine, this is a guy who has spent more years in school since high school graduation than in all the years leading up to it. When I asked him how he was leaning, Bush or Kerry, he said he was on the fence but was more inclined to vote for Bush. When I asked him why, he said something to the effect of "his policies must be working because there haven't been any terror attacks on the US since 9/11." He refused to budge from that position despite my impassioned, slurry attempts to remind him that correlation does not imply causation. I think it was a case of wishful thinking, for him and many others.

I made fun of Pat Robertson a while back for gleefully predicting a significant act of terrorism in 2007 but in reality I think it will eventually happen. Not because God is punishing secular progressives for their tolerance of homosexuals (or punishing Christianists for their tolerance of secular progressives), but because there are now too many lunatics running around out there to stop them all.


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