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Monday, June 26, 2006

Sears Tower Plot Foiled

Home grown terrorism is back in style with the emergence of the fighters for Islam. On June 22nd, six men in Miami and one in Atlanta were arrested for a plot to destroy the Sears Tower and other structures. Although the men pledged a loyalty with Al Qaeda, they had no connections with them.

Remember the argument: "We have to fight them over there so we don't have to fight them here?" Clearly, it's bull shit. I'm glad that we foiled this attempt, but it does show that there are many in our own country who want to harm us for our government's decisions.

How do you stop people who are not afraid to die? How do Americans become terrorists? These are tough questions without easy answers. This cycle of violence is nothing new; the Weather Underground, the Klu Klux Klan, and many others have launched attacks to gather support for their causes.

I don't understand how murder justifies their stances. Martin Luther King and Gandhi was able to reach millions and change public policy through their peaceful demonstrations. Why can't these individuals do the same? If Al Qaeda was made up of peaceful demonstrators instead of terrorists, the world might listen to their cause. Perhaps we could have adverted the needless violence.

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5 Comments:

Blogger Budd said...

Islam is the religion of pieces. You don't get pieces without blowing something up

6/26/2006 02:14:00 PM  
Blogger Mike K said...

Not all Muslims believe in this crap. It is just a small handful of misfits. The problem is that there needs to be a strong stance in the Muslim community who denounces terrorism and violence.

Christianity had it's days of tyranny with the crusades. Then the church came out and stated how it was wrong. The same thing needs to happen with Islam.

6/26/2006 02:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, but Islam was as involved in the Crusades as Christianity. I'm not sure when when the Church officially renounced it's actions during the Crusades (I'm sure it has), but I'd wager it was hundreds of years after the fact.

Certainly, all organized relgins have their worts. But we woudl be foolish to denythatthere is a unique martial character to Islam. It was founded by an imperialist who carved out an empire. We shouldn't be so quick to sugar coat this. Jesus he wasn't.

In any event, the fellows involved in this Sears Tower thing appear to have been not so much terrorists as terrorist wannabees. They said their goal was to 'kill as many devils as possible'. They are all black Americans, and 'devil' is of course the racist slur favored by Farrakhan's Nation of islam for whites. Sounds like Farrakhan's group had a hand in this.

6/26/2006 03:47:00 PM  
Blogger betmo said...

sounds like to me that someone put moe, larry and curley in charge and they got caught. i mean i realize you have to be some kind of stupid to join groups like this- but using mentally ill folks is reprehensible.

6/27/2006 09:56:00 AM  
Blogger Tom G said...

Hilarious - from The Daily Show. I got this from Crooks and Liars website.

Jon Stewart takes a look at the case known to many as "The Miami Seven." He examines the careful and decisive evidence told to us by Alberto Gonzales:

Gonzales: These individuals wish to wage a quote: "full ground war against the United States."

Stewart: Seven guys? I’m not a general. I am not anyway affiliated with the military academy, but I believe if you were going to wage a full ground war against the United States, you need to field at least as many people as say a softball team.

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Please Alberto, don’t take any questions-you were doing just fine up until then. That was followed up by some careful analysis of the men involved in the plot.

A: One of the individuals was familiar with the Sears Tower- had worked in Chicago and had been there-so was familiar with the tower, but in terms of the plans it was more aspirational rather than operational.

Stewart: No weapons, no actual contact with al-Qaeda, but one of them had been to Chicago…

6/27/2006 11:25:00 AM  

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