Monday, December 28, 2009

What the Terrorists are Truly Afraid of

While the passengers of Northwest Airlines Flight 253 may have survived their flight to return home to their families, like veterans returning home from war they are a reminder of all those who did not survive, and all those who will not survive in a more successful attack.
The 9/11 hijackers, and Richard Reid and Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab all managed to bypass airline security, bring weapons on board passenger jets and execute their attacks. The passengers on American Airlines 63 and Northwest Airlines Flight 253 survived not because of the gargantuan infrastructures of airline security or law enforcement, but because ordinary passengers and staff became suspicious and acted, and because the latter two plots relied on tricky detonations that were unsuccessful.

But their failures mean little in the bigger picture. Reid and Abdulmutallab are only two of the hundreds of thousands of Muslim men drawn from around the world to participate in one of its many Jihads against America, England, Russia, Israel or India. To devout Muslims the entire world is a battlefield, a map dotted in red and green. And for every Abdulmutallab who fails, there is a Nidal Malik Hasan who succeeds in killing his targets. Because as long as we keep fighting a holding action against the tide of Jihadis swarming from the Middle East, Africa and Asia, the terrorists only need to be lucky once, we need to be lucky every time. And we know what we won't be. That not every flight will land safely on the airfield. Not every group of passengers will disembark shaking with relief. The terrorists only need to be lucky once.

And while the TSA rushes to implement a new set of overreaching regulations that will accomplish nothing except to make passengers miserable, before quietly abolishing them after a month or two-- Abdulmutallab's success demonstrates the futility of airline security as we know it. The TSA, the CIA, the NSA did not stop Abdulmutallab even though his own father had given them advanced warning, and his profile should have tripped numerous switches. A passenger sitting next to him did that. Just as it was the passengers that saved the White House on 9/11.

If the security apparatus can't even stop a terrorist traveling under his own name, whose own father turns him in, it can't stop anyone. And indeed it can't. A national security apparatus built to take on foreign intelligence agencies is ill matched against an international terrorist network based out of religious schools and universities, and funded by the oil Sheikh "best friends" of their own bosses. And airport security which can't stop its own employees from stealing passenger's luggage, has no real hope of stopping an actual terrorist. The very decentralization and creative planning of terrorist attacks means that the best hope of stopping them lies not in the bureaucracy, but in the ordinary citizen sitting next to the terrorist.

The government has pretended to be omnipotent while in reality the War on Terror has turned into a waiting game at home and a proxy war abroad. That is because while airline passengers are being strip-searched and soldiers are dying in Afghanistan and Iraq, money continues flowing from oil rich Gulf states into the coffers of terrorists, who in turn recruit young men from the Muslim world eager to fight and send them off to a Third World war zone or to carry off a terrorist attack in the First World.

If the United States government really wanted to stop Islamic terrorism, it could better do so in Riyadh, Karachi and Dubai. Instead the religious, political and financial backers of the terrorist war against the West not only get a pass, but a bow from Obama, and we go on playing the waiting game, waiting until the terrorists get lucky, and a plane blows up in the air.

While Abdulmutallab may have failed to kill the passengers on Northwest Airlines Flight 253, he succeeded in becoming a front page story, in reminding Americans to be afraid of terrorists, in canceling flights and panicking the authorities into a response that is already producing a backlash from passengers. The whole snarl of chaos that Abdulmutallab and his higher ups have tied will drive donations and recruits from the Muslim world to Al Queda, while making the case for backing away from military tactics and toward diplomatic ones.

While the Obama administration has not yet officially sat down at the negotiating table with Al Queda, attacks like Abdulmutallab's make it more likely that back channel negotiations will be used to avoid any terrorist attacks during the politically critical period before the 2012 election. And if that seems farfetched, remember that left wing Israeli Prime Minister Peres in his time cut just such a deal with Arafat, and the United States has traded arms for hostages before. We have recruited the murderers of US soldiers to fight side by side with us in Iraq, and we're hoping to do the same thing in Afghanistan.

Abdulmutallab's attack demonstrates the ability of Islamic terrorists to spread terror, even when their actual attack fails. And there is no antidote to terror except an empowered citizenry. But an empowered citizenry is exactly what the government is afraid of. It is also exactly what the terrorists are afraid of. They know that they can get buy fake identifications, bypass airport security and get on board the plane. And if they can't, another one of them will. And another. What they are afraid of is that when they rise for their climactic moment of homicidal martyrdom, it will not be a US Marshall coming for them, but the passengers around them.

The terrorists are not afraid of the United States government. They were never afraid of the United States government. And why should they, when the Saudi Lobby insures that Islamist groups have free run of the country, and the little man in the White House bows before the Saudi king. When Rules of Engagement favor the Taliban, and captured Al Queda terrorists are released into the wild, where they plot and carry out more terrorist attacks. Why in the world should they be afraid of a US government that bends over backward to reassure the Muslim world of its love for Islam?

Islamic terrorists are afraid of US soldiers, but not of the generals and politicians who give them their orders. And they are afraid of the ordinary Americans and Europeans they are surrounded by every day when they infiltrate their country. They are not afraid of governments, because a government is only as strong as its weakest politician, as its most terrorist sympathizing diplomat, as its most brown nosing general. When the artillery comes down they can hide. When the bombs fall they can escape and wait. Because sooner or later governments get tired and go away. But people never go away. And the people can only be defeated through their government.

The purpose of terrorist attacks is to terrorize a population through its government, to destroy morale in order to force political concessions. Targeting airplanes disrupts travel and isolates countries making them easier targets for the Ummah to carve apart. Targeting planes, buses, bridges and all means of transportation teaches people to be afraid whenever they go anywhere... which in turn teaches them to be helpless in the face of government security measures and random violence, to detach themselves emotionally and submit. To be Muslims.

This plan depends on the government to behave exactly the way the terrorists expect it to. To be incompetent, to talk a good game and do nothing, to be too afraid to call out Islamic terrorism for what it is, to repress its own citizens rather than profile actual terrorists, and finally to cut a deal when it has gotten tired of fighting. What the terrorists are truly afraid of is that they will not be dealing with the weak spines of politicians, but with a public that has finally had enough. That will do unto the terrorists as the terrorists themselves have done. That will stand up and strike them down, without benefit of lawyers or human rights activists. What the terrorists are most afraid of is that the free people whom they would enslave will stand up against them and fight back.


Miriam said...

This is what I believe to be true. When the terrorist chide Obama for continuing on the same bush path w/regards to war on terror or whatever, I suspect he is really saying: "you are not controlling your nation enough!"

Each people from each nation can and must eventually ban together to fight this.

(but i also believe this is all much bigger than we're making it)

Keli Ata said...

What's interesting about flight 93 on Sept. 11 is that most Americans remember it as the plane whose passengers fought back more than the flight that crashed.

Much of the coverage of this latest attempt to blow up a plane has disgusted me, especially the reports about how this guy tried to "destroy" a plane rather than the more accurate blow up.

Also, why all this new talk about how "Yemen is the new Afghanistan." Obama has committed 30,000 troops to fight there and new his administration is making it sounds like Yemen is the biggest threat to the US.

Of course Yemen is a growing threat to the US, but now they're making it sound like it's the major threat.

Finally, what in the world was going on with US security? The man's father (a respected London banker, not some crackpot) brought his concerns to the US embassy. He did everything Muslims are being encouraged to do...and yet gets essentially blown off. What message does that send to moderate Muslims?

Lady-Light said...

Brother, are you right on the mark! "If the security apparatus can't even stop a terrorist traveling under his own name, whose own father turns him in, it can't stop anyone."

What a scary statement. Here in the US we are so worried about being politically correct, that we are not facing this terrorist and home-grown terrorist problem head-on.

In our current state of affairs, our security measures are almost by rote, not adapted to the actual situation: we make everyone remove their shoes and we count off passengers and randomly strip-search the grandmother in the wheelchair because she happens to be the 10th one in line, when instead we should be using racial profiling to single out likely terrorists.

As you implied, our democracy sometimes works against us: innocent until proven guilty, fair trial, etc. - but this is a different kind of evil, which requires a different sort of response: immediate and swift, by a prepared and vigilant populace.
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Lady-Light said...

Good Lord, I hadn't thought of that: Keli, you too are so right: he tried to "destroy" a plane?? That piece of garbage tried to murder 300 people!

Anonymous said...

In the news, this piece of garbage is described as lonely, depressed (not enough to take with him 300 people), an unhappy lad who did not find any consolation in the millions his father has and gave him probably everything. Is there any terrorist in the past 8 years who attacked in the US who was not as the media describes him "mentally ill, depressed, suicial, actualy not in his faculties, etc."? We have to find a disease that excuses their animalistic behavior, otherwise in the political correct climate, where first world loves the stranger, respects his customs, feels guilty for 'imperialism', we can't begin to understand the hatred they have for us. If we love them and respect them, give them money and freedom, how can they hate us so as to see us dead and destroyed?, hence we find a sickness to explain it.

Keli Ata said...

Get this. I am listening to NPR as I write. Obama says the US didn't put the guy on a watch list because other countries let him enter, and Yemen had not alerted the US.

Obama's an idiot. I keep sayin' it but it's true.

A Jew With A View said...

I agree totally. Here in the UK our media too is leaving out the words 'Muslim' and 'Islam' and trying, for the most part, to make out as though this man just happened to wake up one day with the urge to blow up a plane!

The terrorists and Islamists of the world must be howling with laughter, when they read of yet further restrictions for innocent airline passengers.

Moss said...

Islam is a primitive and barbaric death-cult that practises human sacrifice and blood offerings to Allah the moon-demon.

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