“That could never happen here.”
I imagine more than a few Parisians said that to themselves after Islamic terrorists attacked Mumbai, India and a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya.
I imagine that today, many Americans are viewing the terror attack in Paris and telling themselves, “that could never happen here.” Why not? Why can’t that happen here?
The only possible answers would be either that they do not wish to do that here, or that they are not capable of doing that here.
Do you believe that Islamic terror groups are incapable of putting ten men on the ground in the United States with small arms and improvised explosives? Let’s just concede that if they can do it in France, they can do it here. While our law enforcement will certainly respond bravely with every resource they have, they will not be able to stop the carnage a dedicated team of terrorists can inflict. If you believe that your local police are capable of dealing with such an attack, I invite you to watch this video:
I believe that the only reason that it has not yet happened is that they do not wish to…yet. Even among professionals in the counter-terror field, there is much debate as to why terror attacks of this style have not yet arrived. One reason offered to me by an intelligence professional is that terror groups know that America is a well-armed nation, and they are afraid that such attacks may not be as successful here as in countries where the populace is largely defenseless.
That is important to note, as it highlights the only thing that these terrorists fear…failure. We all know by now that Islamic terrorists operate with the belief that to die in jihad guarantees their admission to heaven, so they do not fear death. But what they do fear is to die a failure, with their objectives unrealized. It may well be that the only thing stopping such an attack is the knowledge that there may be an armed American “behind every blade of grass” waiting for them.
I’m not personally convinced that it will be enough to deter such attacks in the long term, though. The payoff in terms of terror is eventually going to become too tempting to pass up. Think about it. If you really wanted to hurt America, it wouldn’t be that hard. Put together a few of these teams, and send them out to shoot up a half-dozen shopping malls, all on the same day. Who in America is going to go shopping at a mall after that? Nobody. Even scarier, imagine the same teams all going out and shooting up a half-dozen elementary schools on the same day. What parent is going to send their kids to school tomorrow? Nobody. And all those parents are staying home from work with their kids, too. One rogue shooter shut down half of California for days; multiple Mumbai-style attacks in America would shut down the country for who knows how long.
I think we’re going to get hit somewhere in America, eventually. I hope I’m wrong, but as the saying goes, hope is not a plan. My plan is to be armed at all times, and prepared to defend myself and those dear to me. What is your plan?
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