December 14, 2009

What if the Next 9/11 Was Launched from the American Midwest?

That's the question I ask in my latest piece for Pajamas Media over the disturbing case of a Chicago man accused of helping plan India's 9/11:

Headley’s is only one case among many in a disturbing trend of American citizens involved in international terrorism. Just last week, five Americans — three of whom were born in the U.S. — were arrested in Pakistan as they attempted to join terror organizations. The list grows longer and longer each week: Najibullah Zazi and Betim Kaziu in New York, Tarek Mehanna and Ahmad Abousamra in Boston, and a ring of seven more in North Carolina — each involved in a plot to commit acts of terrorism overseas.

Add the names of the Fort Hood killer Nidal Hasan and several other Americans arrested this year involved in plots to attack targets in the U.S., and a clear pattern of homegrown terrorism emerges. Once thought of as a phenomenon in the West found only in Europe and somehow related to large numbers of Muslim ghettos and a poor record of assimilation, it is now clear that something else is to blame — namely, political Islam. Until we are willing to take on the root ideology spawning the vast majority of terrorism in the world today, then we should expect to find more and more Americans involved in transnational terrorism.

Also, don’t be surprised if the next attack on the scale of 9/11 is hatched in the American Midwest.

Go check it out and leave a comment.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:09 AM | Comments |