CHARLOTTE, NC, September 10, 2014 – Islamists love to use memorable anniversaries in their wars upon the non-Muslim world. Anniversaries give their hatred meaning and justification.
So as 9/11 makes its annual return, people from around the globe are holding their collective breath in anticipation of what might happen later this week.
Most evident this time around are reports that 11 commercial airliners have been stolen in Libya and now reside in the hands of al-Qaeda. The news is unsettling to say the least, and questions arise as to if, when and where something horrific might take place in the coming hours.
Had the news of the missing planes been kept a secret, the odds of a new 9/11 attack might be greater. Even at that however, jihadists are all too aware that the eyes of the world are focused upon the 9/11 date and typically terrorists do not strike when a spotlight is highlighting their potential for being nasty.
Islamic jihadists function better, and more efficiently, in the shadows. Considering that the Libyan attacks on the American consulate in Benghazi happened just a couple of years ago on 9/11 adds to increased global awareness and signals that this year the notorious date could come and go without incident.
That does not in any way suggest that future attacks are not in the works or that something might not happen on 9/12. As Pamela Geller of “Atlas Shrugs” suggests, “There are new worries about the anniversary of 9/11. But even if it isn’t 9/11, the jihadists can make any day of infamy. 11/11 or 12/12 – a savage Muslim attack on any day makes it another 9/11.”
As the president, for whom “political theater does not come naturally to him”, prepares a national address about the Islamic State on the eve of 9/11, (which is most assuredly an “unnatural” political speech to cover his butt in the event an attack occurs the next day), the media waits eagerly to hear what this bold foreign policy initiative will entail.
Our “JV president” will explain, sort of, how he plans to deal with those “JV” terrorists.
Islam has been at war with the world for 14 centuries. With a track record that long, there is almost no date on the calendar which does not have some significance for them. Waiting another day, or week, or month will not matter to the Islamists. They have been waiting 1,400 years. What’s another century give or take?
That is not to say we should not be vigilant on 9/11, this year and every year. What it does say is that we must also be alert on every other day of the year as well. When that spotlight goes out to envelope the world in darkness, the cockroaches who behead children and enslave women come out to play.
Just because al-Qaeda has nearly a dozen planes at their disposal does not mean they will be used to fly into multiple buildings around the world. They could also be used as a means of transportation to infiltrate several countries at one time with large numbers of well-trained militia.
There is actually a benefit that 9/11 brings which other dates do not and that is the intense scrutiny it brings to the problem of global jihad. If such vigilance could be perpetuated throughout the year, it would go a long way toward reducing the Islamist threat.
Complacency and apathy are our worst enemies.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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