The 59 schoolchildren had lined up to greet a group of lawmakers visiting a sugar factory in the northern province of Baghlan on Tuesday when a suicide bomber detonated explosives.And just for increased casualties, the murderous sub-human packed his explosives with ball-bearings.
The attack may have been half-a-world away, but so were many of the major attacks prior to 11 September 2001. The FBI has now issued a Christmas season soft target warning for the U.S., primarily concerning shopping malls.
The FBI is warning al-Qaeda may be planning attacks at shopping centers in Los Angeles and Chicago. [...]The November 1995 car bombing in Riyadh, the June 1996 truck bombing of the Khobar Towers, the August 1998 car bombings of U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, and the October 2000 water-craft bombing of the USS Cole were all attacks by terrorists on U.S. targets outside of the U.S., and most Americans ignored them because they weren't in our cities. Several other terrorist attacks were unleashed on the populations of U.S. allies as well.
They had no choice, they said, but to discuss it and acknowledge it publicly. Shopping malls are considered to be so-called soft targets. Thousands of them in the U.S. are open to the general public and the parking lots are readily accessible. There is only minimal armed security at many shopping centers.
That's why the FBI warning the local law enforcement is so chilling. Al Qaeda reportedly planned to strike shopping malls in Chicago and L.A. during the 2007 Christmas season, it said. Al Qaeda was reportedly hoping to disrupt the economy and has been planning it for two years.
On September 11th, however, the attacks were in America, and many Americans woke up. Americans were slapped into the reality that, no matter how much we didn't want to be at war with Islamic terrorists, they were very much at war with us.
They are still at war with us, so let's not be lulled into the false impression that we can stop fighting them because there hasn't been a major successful strike in the U.S. in six years. If we don't continue to take the fight to the enemy and remain on a war footing, then it might just be dozens of American kids killed in an American city when the terrorists show once again that they are still very much at war with us.
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