The world is at war. It's not the long-envisioned nuclear exchange, but don't count nuclear weapons out. This is a shadowy war of principle, one the United States, Britain and their allies are ill-equipped to win.
Ever since the "underpants bomber" attempted to blow up the Amsterdam-Detroit flight over the city of Detroit, I had expected people to avoid the flight, the one I almost always catch when returning from visits to Ghana.
Each morning I read the Jordan Times in English. It is my main print news connection here in Jordan. The paper reflects a pride in the kingdom and the efforts of King Abdullah to raise the living standards of Jordanians. A recent Pew Research poll also shows a decline in the number of Jordanians who support suicide bombings and work of Al Queada. The hotel bombings of two years ago turned many against the idea of suicide attacks upon innocent civilians. Quite a positive development.
Today marks six years since the attacks on America by Islamic jihadists. On that day America woke up to the reality of an enemy intent on destroying our way of life. That we have not suffered another attack of that magnitude is due to the vigilant efforts of the many within the law enforcement, military and government agencies that sprung to the walls that day. Here is one assessment from the Daily Telegraph:
It is midsummer and there seems to be a lag in the news right now. No big event or crisis has erupted. You can tell this by the headlines on the internet...there are none. Right now the biggest anticipation is for the twin release of the latest Harry Potter movie and book. I'll save my comment for that phenomena for tomorrow.
Former CIA Director George Tenet's new book, At the Center of the Storm, says "that al-Qaeda or groups affiliated with it have undertaken several other operations aimed at equaling or even surpassing the carnage of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks" (April 30, 2007, Robert Windrem and Alex Johnson).
This and other disclosures are sobering and frightening and they lay out the scope of al-Qaeda's ambitions. The September 11, 2001 disaster is but a prelude of what they have planned.
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