ISIL To Attack Homeland US?
Bill Quick

Al Qaeda magazine hints of looming attack; urges bombing of Vegas, military targets | Fox News

There is a suggested list of targets for lone-wolf, or individually executed, terror attacks, including New York’s Times Square, casinos and night clubs in Las Vegas, oil tankers and trains, the Georgia Military College, the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, and General Atomics defense contractor in San Diego.

“This recipe gives you the ability to make a car bomb even in countries with tight security and surveillance,” one article reads, before providing a “shopping list” of supplies needed to make such a bomb, including cooking gas, oxygen gas, a barometer, decoration lamps and matches.

I have long believed that the absense of 9/11-style organized Muslim terror attacks against the United States has been a matter of choice on the part of the Muslim terrorists.  For whatever reason they have refrained from what they could obviously do.

Well, it seems obvious to me, at least:  You cannot have a country whose borders permit literally millions of illegal crossings, not to mention the passage of vast amounts of drugs and other contraband, and still believe that you are immune to attacks that can be carried out by a relative handful of trained, dedicated men willing to die for a cause.

In other words:  If a Muslim terror gang like ISIL has made the decision to breach whatever decisions have been holding Muslims back from other attacks here in the US since 9/11, then we can expect to see some rather spectacular examples that will likely expose just how much “theater” there is in our “security theater” defenses.

Which means Americans will start dying right here at home.  And any administration that thinks it can “handle” the fallout from something like that is going to be sadly, and badly, surprised.

Bill Quick

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

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ISIL To Attack Homeland US? — 19 Comments

    • Oddly, I speculated about something quite similar with the very first post I ever made on this blog, on Christmas day of 2001:

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      HOT STUFF: Tim Blair reports on fires raging in the Sidney, AU area. In these times, any sort of disaster has to get a second look, especially these blazes, many of which authorities say were set by arsonists on Christmas Day. Arson is a quintessential asymmetric attack: a few matches can tie up thousands of firefighters, cause millions or billions in damage, raise insurance rates by millions more, and the firebugs are very hard to catch.

  1. The awakening of Jacksonian America should be the worst nightmare of both the jihadis and Obungles.

    I’m getting too old to go traipsing halfway around the world to go terrorist hunting, but if they show up in the neighborhood, as coach used to say, they best be wearing their cup. That was a figure of speech, but how’s that old saying go? One in the testicles, two in the chest, and one in the head makes man squeal, puts him down, and makes him dead.

    • “The awakening of Jacksonian America should be the worst nightmare of both the jihadis and Obungles.”

      Sometimes I think that’s at least part of why, so far, they _haven’t_ tried much of anything.

  2. You guys are just refusing to give full credit to DHS and the wonderful job they’re doing, protecting us — American citizens and would-be residents alike. Check your privilege!

    Trigger warnings: hamsters, drum and bugle corps

  3. Well the Boston Marathon Bombing seems to be a turning point in that calculus. Elder Tsaernov goes to Chechnya, recruits a cell and commits a terrorist attack. Seems to be some foreign operational support for that one at the least. Luckily for the jihadis the US was already financing the terrorists so it saved them a few bucks in the bargain!

  4. …Americans will start dying right here at home.

    By any reasonable reading of factual history, that’s already happening, and has been so for quite some time.

    Think about it…

    Only the relative mostly-geographic difficulty of access, and the relatively widespread field of available targets, has kept the pace of the attacks fairly slow.

    If, for instance, we had a Muslim-dominant next-door neighbor territory like Israel does with Gaza, how frequently do you think we’d be seeing Islamofascist attacks taking place within the U.S.?

    And how much longer, do you think, before we have such a neighboring territory develop on one – or more – of our borders to the point of mounting such attacks?

    Oh, and BTW, NC, my recollection of that “old saying” is: Two in the chest and one in the head, makes me (and mine) real safe, and him real dead…

    • No, JB. First, there is no relative difficulty of access. Second, almost all of the terror actions here in the US have been carried out by legal US residents of one sort or another – whether motivated from overseas or not.

      In other words, when jihadis from Iraq, Syria, and Saudi Arabia start detonating their jackets in US elementary schools, and setting off car bombs and IEDs in front of buildings and along roads, well, that’s the sort of thing I’m talking about.

      Or when some barbarian savage whackjob invades the local church and saws off the pastor’s head in front of his horror-stricken congregation – and a tape is immediately forwarded to the media of same.

        • Yeh, well – matter of perspective, I s’pose…

          YMMV, and all that.

          I simply see it as they’ve been trying to get at us (here in the U.S.) for quite a long time, now – albeit with only occasional success (most notably/effectively in NYC – took ‘em two tries, a few years apart – and in D.C.),but you know, “persistence pays”, and all that – and various Muzzies keep telling us what they want to do, will do, given the opportunity…

          I think, too, if we ever get to the point where “…jihadis from Iraq, Syria, and Saudi Arabia start detonating their jackets in US elementary schools, and setting off car bombs and IEDs in front of buildings and along roads…” and/or “…some barbarian savage whackjob invades the local church and saws off the pastor’s head in front of his horror-stricken congregation – and a tape is immediately forwarded to the media of same.” – well – a) it will simply be an intensified, augmented, more-frequent follow-on to what we’re already seeing, and b) such attacks will come from a “jumping-off” location either just across one of our borders or within the U.S. itself.

          Given the present realities – unless there are some serious, solid changes very soon to our current bad joke of a “border security” situation – I don’t think it’s going to be a long time before that starts happening.

          I really hope I’m wrong about that.

          • I simply see it as they’ve been trying to get at us (here in the U.S.) for quite a long time, now

            I just can’t convince myself that this is either logical or accurate.

            If they have actually been trying, then they would have succeeded, likely several times.

            Not necessarily with dirty bombs or airliners into buildings, but certainly with the smaller scale terror attacks that would terrorize at least as much as the attacks I mentioned.

            If you’re a soccer mom, which would terrorize you and those like you more – a crashed airliner full of people you don’t know, hundreds or thousands of miles away, or two jihadis who slaughter 300 kids in the local combined elementary/middle school a few blocks from your house?

            But we’ve never seen a single instance of that, and for the reasons I already mentioned, I simply don’t buy the argument that it’s due to our superbly vigilant and effective security state.

          • “I simply see it as they’ve been trying to get at us (here in the U.S.) for quite a long time, now – albeit with only occasional success (most notably/effectively in NYC – took ‘em two tries, a few years apart – and in D.C.),but you know, “persistence pays”, and all that – and various Muzzies keep telling us what they want to do, will do, given the opportunity…”

            Part of that, though, I thought was that Osama loved the idea of big, complex plans that required a ton of effort and years of practice.

            • Maybe. But – as we’ve so often been told – Osama is dead. But even before he was, the small-weapon-big terror payoff tactics were being used by Muslims everywhere. In other words, Osama didn’t level those attacks against the US because he couldn’t, but because he chose not to do so. As I said.

  5. “For whatever reason they have refrained from what they could obviously do.”

    Without any doubt they could pull off all sorts of terror attacks for a bit. That they have not done so is the lesson learned from 9/11. We can argue what we should have done, but it is clear that when properly motivated there is a lot we can do: with just a few hundred men on the ground, turn over a country like Afghanistan, and a few more troops on the ground, destroy the military and leadership of a country like Iraq in just a few weeks. That it went astray after that does not mediate the lesson of what we can do.

    A new generation of terrorists will probably forget that lesson eventually, and we will probably forget the lesson we should have learned – destroy the terror regimes and end it.

    • That they have not done so is the lesson learned from 9/11.

      Doubtful. The only lesson the Muslims learned from 9/11 is that we are a paper tiger. We can claw and bite, but only for a minute. Then we lose interest, or become merciful.

      Look at it this way: Do you think the Muslim fanatics regard themselves as being stronger today than they were before 9/11?

      I think they do. Which is why I doubt that Iraq/Afghanistan figures much into their calculations. As I say, I’m really not sure why they haven’t attacked us here. My best guess is that their paymasters in Saudi Arabia have kept them on a leash. But if ISIL is now basically independent of the need for the Saudi money, that may no longer be a restraint.

      In which case the question of whether they can attack us here will soon be answered.

  6. I agree they aren’t really trying because our defenses are poor and if they were trying, they should have succeeded already. But I can’t believe they’re smart enough to avoid awaking the Jacksonian America. That would make them smarter than Japanese; highly unlikely.

    But what’s holding them back?