Tuesday, August 09, 2005
London Bombers are Not Al-Qaida
This is something that I have been thinking about for some time now, and I believe I've reached a logical conclusion. The opinions I am going to express today are my own. I haven't seen these theories expressed anywhere else. Nor have I heard any pundits on radio or television advance this theory.
I believe that the terrorists attacks in Londonn, England were not perpetrated by Al -Qaida. I believe these attacks were unauthorized copy-cat attacks by terrorists "wanna-be's".
You might well ask, "Why do you say that, O humble friend and uneducated blogger?"
Here is my response: For one thing, they failed in their second attempt. Al-Qaida wouldn't have failed. Oh I know that one of the captured attempted bombers has stated that the intention was to scare, and not kill people. But that one fact alone leads me to believe that they are not associated with Al-Qaida. Al-Qaida has every intention to kill and maim. Only scaring people without inflicting injury on them is simply not on their agenda.
Second, the leaders of Al Qaida have a flare for both the dramatic and symbolism, something that wasn't considered in the London attacks. This was demonstrated in the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Does anyone really think that Al-Qaida attacked those particular targets because that was the way they could kill the most people?
I believe the targets of Al-Qaida on that fateful day were symbolic. Let's consider this for a moment.
1. The World Trade center represents to Al-Qaida the economic power of the United States.
2. The Pentagon represents the military power of the United States.
3. It is generally believed now, that the fourth plane was heading for the White House, or the Capitol building in Washington DC, The symbol of the Political power of the United States.
Think about that. Had the terrorists simply wanted to take out as many innocent people as they could they would have struck at a baseball game, or a football game or any other event with 30,000 to 80,000 people in attendance.
This is not to say that the terrorists did not want to kill and maim innocent people. They most certainly did. I am saying that the numbers of people they wanted to kill was of secondary concern for them. Their real targets were symbols of America's power in the World.
No, the London bombers are not affiliated with Al-Qaida. Of course, I'm sure Al-Qaida appreciates their efforts, nevertheless.
Also, let me add that Al-Qaida was most certainly aware, that had they succeeded in destroying the White House or the Capitol, it would not have brought down the most powerful government on Earth. It would have temporarily crippled us, but it would not have destroyed us. Even if they had killed President Bush and Vice- President Cheney with one attack it wouldn't have destroyed America. Don't think they are that naive.
I would like to say that that Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaida are not intelligent people but that would be seriously underestimating them. And that would be fatal.