Wacko Americans converting to Islam and wanting to blow up the world is really nothing new. There was the Padilla situation of 2002 and the subsequent revelation of terrorist cliques in Miami, Seattle and even Buffalo.
But a new tape making the rounds on CNN and Fox News features an American citizen named Adam Gadahn inviting the world to embrace Islam, "Decide today, because today could be your last day."
Wouldn't that be the best tagline for the Barney's Co-op sale?
Anyway, this latest entry in the endless global narrative on terror intrigues me because it's the first time I'm hearing of terrorists giving us a choice regarding our fate. Until recently we've been getting warning upon warning that our end was upon us, but now we can actually spare ourselves. Or so we're told.
I know the Fox reporters who were released recently were forced to "convert" to Islam, but is a mass conversion to Islam really, ultimately, what Al Qaeda wants?
I don't think so.
If Al Qaeda really wanted the world to embrace Islam they would have used their bottomless pit of cash to just buy Americans into submission and there wouldn't have been a need for 9-11.
This latest video just goes to show that the organization itself is falling apart. Which means more trouble for the U.S. What we're going to face now are terror-prosepectors who are going to take bin Laden's radical message and adopt it to whatever other homicidal tendencies they may have to carry out endless and unorganized attacks on civilians.
Bill Maher was on Larry King recently and he made an excellent point: police work, and not war, is what is going to save lives. I agree with that. It was police investigation that thwarted the air-terror plot out of London last month and it's that same kind of sleuthing that crunched down on the terror cell that wanted to blow up the Sears Tower earlier this summer.
You can't negotiate with terrorists, but I'm willing to work something out with W to make the Patriot Act our real weapon against terror if he's willing to start pulling out of the Middle East.