Is Terrorism Fading?

Now that Osama bin Laden is dead, the terrorists are kicking up their propaganda campaign against the West. According to recent reports, terrorists now are claiming that they have a nuclear bomb and are going to detonate in an American city.


So what… Big deal… It is just more propaganda. If they have the bomb, what are they waiting for? Why are they telling us about it? (Answer: Because they don’t have it.)


A website called ninemsn.com reported the following:


‘The mastermind of the 9/11 attacks warned that al-Qaeda has hidden a nuclear bomb in Europe which will unleash a “nuclear hellstorm” if Osama bin Laden is captured, leaked files revealed.


The terror group also planned to make a 9/11 style attack on London‘s Heathrow airport by crashing a hijacked airliner into one of the terminals, the files showed.


Khalid Sheikh Mohammed told Guantanamo Bay interrogators the terror group would detonate the nuclear device if the al-Qaeda chief was captured or killed, according to the classified files released by the WikiLeaks website.’ (end of excerpt)


The “nuclear hellstorm” is just the latest installment of the old Suitcase Bomb story that has been around for decades. It says that the Soviet Union made small nuclear weapons and that their agents were supposed to smuggle them in and detonate them in America.


Only problem is first that the story is suspect and second that such a nuclear device would need to be constantly maintained by highly-trained people like all nuclear weapons are. And thus the Suitcase Bombs, which the terrorists were supposed to get from disgruntled Soviet scientists, would never work after all these years of neglect.


But the terrorists are dredging up the tale once more to frighten America. We should not be scared.


In fact, with the death of bin Laden, we can possibly assume that terrorism actually may be fading in the world, that like all wars, the terrorists, along with potential recruits, know they are losing and may give up.


And it may be fading not because bin Laden was crucial – he had become somewhat irrelevant – but because once we started to protect ourselves, we were able to fight terrorism effectively.


Think about it. Over, say, 40 years of terrorism – with Middle Eastern plane hijackings in the 1970s setting the table – how many people in the United States and Europe (total population 700 million) actually have been killed by terrorism?


Answer: Maybe 10,000 if you include the Iraq and Afghan wars. And 8,000 of those people never should even have been killed, including 3,000 in the 9/11 attacks (those deaths were a result of pure negligence on the part of the American government) while 5,000 decent and patriotic soldier deaths in Iraq/Afghanistan have been a result of self-inflicted stupidity on Bush’s part.


So 2,000 dead over 40 years is not a very successful “war”. It shows how weak terrorism really is. After all, 50 million people were killed in World War II and 2 million Americans die every year. Indeed after decades of training, threats, planning and jihad, this Big Scary Terrorist Force of  7th century Islamic radicalism, practiced by religious fanatics hiding in the hills, has largely been a failure.


Remember when liberals in America hollered that the Iraq war and the existence of the Guantanamo prison both were going to be major recruiting tools for the radicals?


Yes, indeed. Yet the terrorists in Iraq were defeated and Guantanamo has done its job well, providing us with boatloads of intel. So there does not seem to be some big expansion of terrorism.


Of course, terrorism has taken a toll on America which is the point of such a war; its effect is largely psychological. We are sometimes on edge, and we have to spend billions in law enforcement costs. And now all Americans are subjected to intrusive searches at airports.


But on the whole, it ain’t World War III. The terrorists must be furious to see Americans still flocking to golf tournaments, barbecues, NASCAR races, football games, parades and Thanksgiving dinner at grandma’s house. Because they thought they were going to end it all.


They have not. And many of those who have attempted terrorism are in jail, hiding or dead. So it is not a rosy picture for the bad guys.


Thus the extremist foot soldiers up in the mountains or in an apartment in Brooklyn, waiting for the call to attack The Great Satan, indeed may be wondering what the heck he is doing. Maybe, he thinks, I should just go back to Pakistan or work at the local gas station. The death of bin Laden surely adds to that along with captured computers and documents that are going to expose more jihadists.


This is not to minimize other forms of extremism like radicalizing Muslims in the US and Europe which we need to fight against. Meanwhile the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in the Middle East is a bad sign and we need to prepare. And we need to single out the lone-wolfs. But otherwise, we are doing a pretty good job protecting ourselves. And the terrorists surely are getting the message.


Is terrorism dead?


No. But like any war, it could possible be slowly fading away. After all, even stupid people eventually may come to understand reality.


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