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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Econo-Terrorism

By now, we've all heard of the sad news from Amman last night, where dozens of people have been killed, and hundreds injured after a series of suicide bombers targeted the luxury American hotel chains in Jordan's capital.

That Al-Qaeda have already claimed responsiblity is almost incidental -- who else could this be from, since it bears all their hallmarks:

1- Punish Muslims and others who collude with The Great Satan.

2- Hit them where they hurt -- in the tourist industry pocketbook.

3- Choose a signifcant date: November 9th in most countries is written 9/11.

Since Australia had scored a major intelligence coup by breaking up devastating planned attacks in their country, just the day before, this was Al-Qaeda's way of saying, we got plenty more where that came from.

Like Bali twice, like Sharm-el-Sheik, even like New York City, which hasn't recovered its touristic brio yet, Al-Qaeda want to send a message that leisure grounds impact the economy of countries in their very psyche: when you're at play, relaxed, off-guard.

What other city is most at risk from this type of econo-terrorist attack? Rome, for one. The Vatican, especially. Warsaw? Amsterdam? Paris...in retaliation for la voile law?

Governments can't know for certain, but you can try to find out as much as you can, by gathering information from suspects.

And on the heels of when Tony Blair got his first Parliamentary defeat since becoming Premier, by having his special Bill on holding terror suspects for 90 days without charges, it seems some people still don't get it.

The war we're in is unlike any fought before.

They can strike anywhere, they have cells of fanatics born and raised in those countries, and they know how to explot the soft legal pecularities of each country.

Making us weak in the face of so much strength, isn't going to send a message to Tony Blair.

It simply sends a message to all who would harm those who dare to stand up to so much concerted evil.

London will have another awful tragedy by year's end. Watch. And may God forgive my pessimism.

4 Comments:

  • his special Bill on holding terror suspects for 90 days without charges, it seems some people still don't get it.

    That Bill got defeated??? That's absurd!!!! Just as absurd as are our "no profiling" rules when checking backpacks at the NYC subways! You are so right, many people still don't get it!

    By Blogger Jose Aguirre, at Thu Nov 10, 08:07:00 am GMT-5  

  • That Bill got defeated??? That's absurd!!!! Just as absurd as are our "no profiling" rules when checking backpacks at the NYC subways! You are so right, many people still don't get it!

    45 Labour backbenchers bolted and voted with the Tories...

    Afterwards, when interviewed, many said that the Prime Minister needed to be shown he was not a dictator, who could do as he willed.

    You know, I agree with that -- his style of Premiership has been called Presidential, which I find exaggerated, although his manner certainly is.

    But there are times to make a point.

    This was not such a time.

    And that's why Democracies are sometimes the weaker forms of government

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Nov 10, 01:09:00 pm GMT-5  

  • That's right, Victoria. Just like the Spanish cave-in, messages like the supposed one sent P.M. Blair just puts smiles on Al Qaeda faces and strength in their recruitment. And more blood on the ground.

    London will have another awful tragedy by year's end. Watch. And may God forgive my pessimism.

    How to defeat these people?

    By Blogger Paul, at Thu Nov 10, 04:15:00 pm GMT-5  

  • The war we're in is unlike any fought before. They can strike anywhere, they have cells of fanatics born and raised in those countries, and they know how to explot the soft legal pecularities of each country.

    I was in favour of increasing the detention powers considerably (as it was they were doubled to 28 days which was an ammendment to the overall bill which passed unchanged with many other positive measures) but I have to pull you up on your statement above.

    The UK has had 30 years of IRA terrorism; they did strike anywhere, they did have cells of fanatics born and raised in our country.

    (They were also funded to a sizeable extent by American citizens through the abhorrent Noraid which successive American Administrations (of both hues) refused to ban for fear of upsetting the Irish vote in the USA).

    We also had internment in Northern Ireland for the best part of 5 years which turned out to be one of the worst political decisions made by a UK party in the 20th century. It severely inflamed sectarian tensions in Northern Ireland while failing in its stated aim of arresting members of the IRA.

    Many of those arrested were completely unconnected with the terrorist organisation but had had their names appear on the list of those to be interned through bungling and incompetence the vast majority of the main body of IRA "men" escaped arrest. The backlash against internment led to a large upsurge in support of the IRA and a rise in political tensions that reverberate to this day.

    So extending these powers is a dangerous game to play, has to be considered extremely carefully, and those voting against extention to 90 for 28 shouldn't simply be brushed away so dismissively as soft on terrorism.

    steve d

    By Blogger block108er, at Fri Nov 11, 06:12:00 am GMT-5  

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