That said, it occurs that to me that we are making a lot more of the post-9/11 incidents than they deserve. The finely detailed planning and preparations that marked Osama bin Laden’s leadership of the war on the west is missing from an era of underwear bombing and misfires in parked cars in Times Square, and frankly embarrassing terrorists throughout the world. If that’s all they’ve got, bring it on!
Considering the enormous military might of the United States and our economic dominance of world economics, al-Qaida is a mouse that roars on its best day. There are more than 300 hundred million of us, nearly none of whom are directly threatened by the recurrent fumbling attempts at sending suicide bombers half-way around the world to blow themselves up in the air over Manhattan. While regrettable, the death toll on the plane, combined with ground victims of falling debris, would hardly top a thousand, and certainly poses no great threat to our nation at large. Until some mad jihadi targets Reno and environs, I am really not interested. Certainly not so concerned as to spend billions of bucks on enhanced security, with cameras in every public space including restrooms, and special anti-terror squads for every police agency with a request in for special weapons and training.
Al-Qaida currently consists of a few old veterans of the bin Laden corps plus a small number of true believing groupies with neither experience nor discipline. They are groupies for rebellion without the assets of support to operate outside their Yemeni refuge, under constant attack from U.S. “drones” and would probably become a retirement community for its surviving members if they were left alone.
Recently, several movement leaders have been killed in U.S. raids, including the top overseas fund raiser and logistics coordinator for the isolated activists, leaving a huge gap in their supply and support network. Al-Qaida is rendered ineffective, unable to mount serious assaults on our homeland or virtually any other meaningful targets.
Terrorism only succeeds when the people are filled with fear, and I’m not all that scared.
“Travus T. Hipp” is a 40-year veteran radio commentator with six stations in California carrying his daily version of the news and opinions. “The Poor Hippy’s Paul Harvey,” Travus is a member of the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame, but unemployable in the Silver State due to his eclectic political views. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.