My last post reminded me of something else I once discussed with Stendhal long ago. Al Qaeda terrorists have persistently missed opportunities for years in attempting big, flashy, super destructive attacks, mostly featuring airplanes and/or skyscrapers. This betrays a lack of understanding of American politics. If they truly wanted democracy in America to cease to exist in rapid time, all they would have to do is explode a small bomb in a mall or other public place every week or two for an indefinitely long time. I’d give us a few months, max, before were begging for martial law and every Orwellian nightmare you can imagine.
I continue to hope with all my might that this doesn’t happen, of course. Which makes me wonder, why hasn’t it happened? Possible theories:
– They don’t get this country well enough to see that this would be far more damaging.
– They do get it, but there simply aren’t enough terrorists out there to bring such plans to fruition. (I believe the CIA once estimated there were no more than 100 true Al Qaeda operatives in Afghanistan today).
– There are enough terrorists, but current US policies, possibly including our wars abroad, have crippled their operations enough to make even the most basic attacks impossible.
– Assembling bombs, even small ones, isn’t as easy as the impression I have.