Just when you were resigning yourself to constant bank failures and shamefaced politicians running around throwing money at Wall Street and blaming capitalism for wrecking the market, along comes another crisis. It’s not the Russian again, it’s not oil prices spiking, it’s not another hurricane, it’s our old friend the War on Terror. I suspect this may be a bad time to be in New York because Jihadists love to keep attacking a target until they finally succeed in destroying it. If terrorists were to launch another operation in the USA it’s entirely possible, if not probable, that they’ll go after New York City again. As if New York didn’t have enough to do with Wall Street melting down and our banks failing there may be credible suggestions out in the press that there’s real danger in the immediate future of a big time attack or wave of attacks. Consider the following from World Net Daily:
A coast-to-coast dragnet has been launched partly in response to leads developed in the arrest of one of al-Qaida’s “fixers” in the U.S., say FBI officials. They report the bureau is in a race against time to identify Pakistan-trained sleeper cells and disrupt a possible pre-election “October surprise.”
The FBI’s new rules and current sense of urgency follow the recent interrogation of al-Qaida operative Aafia Siddiqui, an M.I.T.-educated scientist who fled to Pakistan after 9/11. She was arrested this summer in Afghanistan and brought back to the U.S. after sustaining injuries from a gun battle.
According to a federal indictment, Siddiqui was found with handwritten notes that referred to a “mass casualty attack” and listed various locations in the U.S. including Wall Street, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Plum Island and the Brooklyn Bridge. In addition, certain notes referred to the construction of “dirty bombs,” chemical and biological weapons and other explosives
At a time when the American Financial System is hanging by a thread, the recent oil shocks showed the world a shocking vulnerability in American planning and development, when our congress and president are lame ducks with the lowest approval ratings in history, this would have to be the best possible time to get the most out of a terror attack against us. Terrorists love election season as when they attacked Spain and changed the outcome of an election by destroying a train. If they were able to stage one big attack or a wave of small ones the nation would be very vulnerable. We’ve already seen the financial crisis redound to the benefit of Senator Barak Obama of Illinois and if we added a major terror attack to a possible depression I think Obama may well win in a landslide. The one claim to fame of the Bush years was the fact that the terrorists had not been able to get off another attack on our soil. Take that fig leaf away and you’ve got terrible trouble for the “Bush legacy” and you’ve got a tired old man and war hero with a bad temper that’s a day late and a dollar short. Obama’s oratory and another 1929 economic event were made for each other and the Republican stewardship of the economy and congressional spending has been deplorable. Obama will hasten the expansion of government into all areas of the economy until it’s impossible to stop the socialism. A terrorist attack would be a decisive blow to the republicans and hand the democrats the white house on a silver platter if the new depression were not enough in its own right.
Over about the past six months I’ve seen lots of stories that were short and low key about this possibility of an October surprise and I suspect that this time the hype is real. It would seem our anti terror warriors are ramping up for something and it’s a sure bet that its something we would rather not face. Terrorist attacks are not limited to election season but I would be astonished if we don’t have some sort of terrorist event before we go to the polls….
As always: Be careful out there!