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The Next Big One

Newsmax.com reviews a new book claiming that the terrorists already have several small

nukes in place in US cities.

One never knows what to make of this kind of thing, of course. The most one

can say is that the idea is not preposterous — it’s the kind of thing that

*might* be true.

There is a sense in which the absence of terrorist attacks on US soil since

9/11 is ominous. The terrorists may be calculating that anything they do

that is on a *less* than 9/11 scale would be counter-productive. Americans

would (the terrorists might calculate) then say: “Oh, they’ve shot their

bolt. The 9/11 attack was the best they can do, now they’re reduced to

these comparative pinpricks…” Therefore the next attack must be something

bigger.

I don’t say this is how the terrorists are thinking — how would I know? –

only that it’s how they *might* be thinking, and that the dearth of

incidents since 9/11 offers circumstantial evidence that this is indeed

their strategy.

And the continuing flapdoodle about “racial profiling,” together with

stories like that Women’s Wall Street one Kathryn linked to earlier, and of

course the utter lack of interest Washington has displayed about guarding

the nation’s borders, lead one to suspect that if the terrorists do have

some grand strategy of this kind, the U.S. is wide open to it.

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