The terrorist attack on Sept. 11 showed that the self-anointed Islamic “holy warriors” had moved on from World Trade Center I, when they exploded a Timothy McVeigh-type fertilizer truck bomb, to the big-bang passenger plane from Hell that brought down the twin towers.
Based upon the recent arrest of Jose Padilla and other current intell buzz, you can bet our murderous opponents are busily working on upping the ante to Weapons of Mass Destruction for their next go against the USA.
Most intelligence agencies say it’s not a question of if but when before we get blistered with genocidal-caliber weapons. Vice President Dick Cheney recently warned Prime Minister Tony Blair that the Brits should consider themselves in the cross hairs as well.
The billion-dollar question is: Since most global terrorist leaders such as Osama bin Laden claim they’re independent operators and don’t march under any state flag, who’s accountable if we get nuked, bugged or gassed?
Within hours after 9-11, our Washington intelligence folks fingered bin Laden and were able to confirm a few days later that he was indeed the twisted mind behind WTC II. A month later, he and his boys were hugging the bottoms of caves in their Afghan sanctuary while U.S. air power let them know exactly how we felt about their evil act. And around the world, his rats were not only on the run with a posse on their tails, they were already having a hard time sucking cash out of ATM machines and were seriously unhappy about their cellphones being tapped.
But the creeps who killed and wounded a score of American civilians last September with anthrax are a completely different story. Sure, feds and local fuzz are on the case, but so far we’re still scratching for fingerprints, and no one’s been nailed. All we have are computer files crammed with reports. No one’s even been ID’d, let alone terminated with extreme prejudice for using a WMD against Americans on American soil.
I’m worried that this same scenario will play out when we’re hit with a whopping WMD that kills and wounds tens of thousands – perhaps millions – of innocents. The living will pick themselves up from the dead and wonder what hit them, while whoever’s left at our agencies will start scurrying around again looking for clues.
So before any Armageddon, let’s consider bringing back the strategy of Mutually Assured Destruction – the strategy that prevented the Soviets and the USA from destroying civilization once both sides figured out that if they didn’t keep a grip, Planet Earth would be fried.
No, I haven’t morphed into Doctor Strangelove. In fact, having witnessed the consequences of war up close and personal on every major continent over the past 56 years, I believe so strongly in peace that I became a leader and spokesman for the Australian anti-nuke party during the 1980s. For trying to get the superpowers to stop that decade’s nuclear-arms-race nightmare, I was presented the United Nations Peace Medal, an award I still cherish above all others. But I’ve also studied terrorism long enough to conclude that the only way to win against the Islamic extremists is to out-terror them. And that can’t be done by making nice.
Despite their constant protests of innocence, we know that citizens – and in some cases the governments – of countries such as Lebanon, Libya, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Syria and North Korea actively support or sympathize with the international Islamic terrorist movement in its war on the United States and most other Judeo-Christian states.
MAD recycled will tell these colluding terrorist countries that their cities are now targeted by USAF ICBMs, just as Soviet cities were during the Cold War, and that if one WMD is used anywhere in this great land, they’ll get a radiated eye for an eye.
You can bet your survival boots they’ll stop supporting the terrorist madmen with money, equipment and recruits quick smart.
If we’re lucky and MAD works, the most fanatical crazies the world has seen will think twice before committing their fiendish WMD deeds. Hopefully – when they consider the destruction of their families and realize martyrdom won’t mean much in the glowing craters that were once their backyards – even these misguided monsters will get the word.