Terrorism In Review 2009

Be careful what you say so you don't offend anyone.

  • The military does not want to admit that Islamic extremists have penetrated the Armed Forces of the United States.
  • Not preventing that penetration would high-light the failures of commanders.
  • The concern that the public could lose confidence in the military on many levels.

Terrorist know that Americans are sensitive to what is said, how others may feel, what is politically taboo, even if true, and what should not be said publicly. Strategically, terrorists have done their homework. They understand all too well, more than most Americans I would argue, how the Civil Rights Era of the late 1960s has impacted our communities legally, socially and politically. Terrorists have studied their notes and will certainly exploit the weaknesses that have come about as a result of well intended legislation gone array.

Scared of Complaints

In my experience cops in America have been conditioned to not pursue criminals with aggressiveness but to haphazardly enforce the law while trying to keep a safe distance so as not to be subjected to a complaint from the public resulting in a internal review from their politically appointed agency head, civilian review board, ACLU, NAACP, FBI Civil Rights Division, or whomever. Again, terrorists will manipulate that to their advantage. Is the fear of complaints filed against us or public scrutiny unique to us? It must be, because Europe seems to be different.

Two British Bobbies were hailed as heroes this past week for simply doing what cops are supposed to do; protect the public. In a article titled, Beat Officers Prevented Terror Attack by Stopping Suspicious Tourist in the London Times, two very young constables (ages 21 and 22) stopped a foreign national who was taking pictures as if he were a tourist, seized his camera and discovered the man had compiled an extensive array of photographic intelligence detailing "soft targets". British intelligence concluded the videos could only have been used for planning a terrorist attack and ultimately a terrorist cell had been disrupted. When London City Police were accused misusing their anti-terror authority pertaining to this case, the Chief of Detectives responded by saying, "I'd much rather justify what we did do in stopping someone than having to justify why we didn't do it against the backdrop of a burning building and a terrorist atrocity." Clearly, London City Police are not concerned with what the media, or anyone else, thinks of them. I believe that London Police understand the nature and scope of 4th Generation Warfare. We don't.

Simply put, 4th Generation Warfare is a military doctrine that terrorism follows. From a strategy standpoint, it is a long conflict in duration, attacks our culture, uses the media and our laws against us and will use whatever it can from our politics, society, economic and military to our detriment. Interestingly enough, the doctrine itself was a product of the U.S. military think-tank in 1989. Terrorists are smart enough to take what we contrived and are using it against us while our nation idles in denial.

We are not fighting this war to win it. The bad guys know it. I predict that The United States will cease to exist a hundred years from now, if not sooner, from the way we know it today. We face nuclear proliferation, other WMD credible threats, and hyper-criminals that will use whatever they can to win. On the other hand our police are told to not offend anyone by what they say or do and certainly do not stop anyone on the pretext of what they look like. How about our military? U.S. Navy SEALs are charged criminally for punching a known "high value" terrorist in the face after being sought for five years when he killed U.S. citizens. What does that tell you?

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