I would like to get some opinions on the members here about the existence of a global terrorist network. Al-qaeda, or whatever you care to call it.
The government and the media would like us to believe there is a global network of many terrorists with the means to carry out attacks anywhere on the
planet. A central command, sleeper cells, funding, intelligence, basically a global guerilla army waiting to unleash hell on earth at a moments
Does anyone buy this? Personally, I don't.
The idea of terrorist is to cause terror. To scare people, kill people, and demoralize the nation. Lets look at ways to accomplish this, and the means
one would need to do it.
The attacks of 911 were supposedly carried out by 19 muslim extremists who were operating under Al-qaeda with the goal to crash 2 planes into the
World Trade Centers, one into the Pentagon, with the last plane crashing to the ground before reaching its target. This was a well coordinated attack
that must have involved many more support personnel than just the 19 involved in the hijacking. This would show that they have a strong network and
are quite capable of future complex attacks.
Since then there have been no attacks that even got close to matching the one on 9/11. Several attempted attacks that seemed to be the work of amature
terrorists have taken place, however.
Now, my question is, why is it that such a well funded and strong organization capable of carrying out the attacks of September 11th have not been
able to accomplish anything since then? Some would believe it's because of the "war on terror" and that we have actually been quite successful in
stopping further attacks. I don't believe that either.
As I stated earlier, we are lead to believe the goal of terrorists is to scare and demoralize the population, and to cause physical and financial
harm. If this is the goal of such organizations, it would be extremely easy to accomplish, even without a complex structure, or large amounts of money
Consider the following:
In New York, Portland, LA, Austin, Chicago, Seattle, and Denver there is a gunman that enters a populated area such as a sports stadium, shopping
mall, even a school or office building. In each city this gunman kills as many people as possible before blowing himself up and killing/injuring even
more. All of these attacks take place at the same time.
Now, imagine this happens once a year, every year. This would cause a HUGE amount of panic in the general population, Your average American citizen
would most likely be terrified. They would feel that whenever they leave their home it's possible a terrorist is lurking around the corner waiting to
kill them. I think it's very possible something like this happening on a regular basis could cause even more terror and panic than the events of 9/11.
How hard would it be to do this? Not very hard at all. It would take 7 people in total to carry out an attack on each city. They would only have to
meet one time in person, decide on a date and a time, and then retreat to their corner of the country and go about their daily lives waiting until the
date of the attack. How could they be stopped? There would be no E-Mail or cell phone communication to intercept and learn of this plot. As long as
they weren't stupid and didn't tell anybody else of their plans, it would be nearly impossible to stop this from happening.
They would only need to obtain a gun, legally or otherwise, which is not difficult to do.
If, as we are led to believe, there are hundreds (if not thousands) of terrorists willing to die to carry out attacks on America it would not be
difficult to find recruits. So WHY has this not been done? A group intelligent enough to pull off 9/11 isn't smart enough to think about a plot like
Which leads me to only one conclusion: There is no network of terrorists willing to give their lives to carry out attacks on America. If there was,
with very limited funds and effort they could have already carried out unstoppable attacks that would strike fear into the heart of almost every
Does anyone else agree? Does anyone find a flaw in my logic? I'm sure many would agree, but I'm also sure there are plenty of people here that believe
with all their heart that a large group of muslim extremists are putting all their effort into attacking America. Let me know what you
edit on 13-5-2011 by James1982 because: (no reason given)