It took me a few days to figure out how I wanted to tackle the recent terror attacks in the UK. I'm still not sure how I'm going to go about it so pardon me if I ramble. Hopefully I am coherent enough to make sense to you, my loyal readers.
The recent car bomb attempts and attack on Glasgow Airport shows that terrorist activities have not subsided and Al-Qaida remains alive, even in a diminished capacity. The terrorist continue to look for targets and have apparently started looking towards smaller attacks instead of another 9/11 of 7/7 attack. That doesn't mean that a major attack somewhere in the world isn't in the works.
Obviously the United States remains a target for these terrorists. The fact that attacks haven't taken place on US soil is partly a credit to our intelligence agencies and our law enforcement. They have publicly thwarted several attack attempts and have probably stopped many more privately. But most of the credit belongs to American society for making it difficult for the citizens of this country to want to see its demise.
The United States has done a better job than any country in the world at assimilating Arab people into our society. We have welcomed Asians, Arabs, Europeans and Mexicans into this country with open arms. And by that fact, it has been more difficult for Al-Qaida to recruit on US soil. By contrast, countries in Europe have isolated the Arab society which has caused resentment in those countries. That resentment has boiled over with animostiy such as the Arab riots in France last summer. For as much as some hold Europe as the utopian society, the underlying divides are ripping the continent apart from the inside. Racism and bigotry rage in Europe to a far greater extent than it has ever raged in America, even in the most tumultuous times.
Some people like to describe Americans as xenophobic because they don't support the recent immigration bill that provides amnesty to 12 million illegal aliens in this country. I don't see how that is even remotely true. Americans have done more for immigrants to this country than any society in the history of the world. And that is something to be proud of.
Anyway, back to my point...Al-Qaida does want to attack the American homeland. There is no doubt about that. And I feel those attacks will come, in some form...small or large, they will try something. That is why it remains important to fight these terrorists everywhere in the world. We must continue to take the fight to them and not let them bring that fight here. We must continue to fight...not just for Americans but for our British counterparts. And we must continue to try to teach Europe how to assimilate their Arab population into society.
This is a two part fight...destroy the terrorists and create a better society for the world in general. It's not something that can be done in a day or year. It's a never ending battle and we must continue to fight the good fight. Or we will pay dearly down the road...