Tribute to the Military

Friday, October 14, 2005

Mistakes of the past can be repeated in the future when we ignore the possible warning signs of terrorism.

In regards to my previous post: There is history of Jihadists acting out in such a manner and planning similarincidents in Europe, Israel, and other countries. It is not a matter of if, itis a matter of when it is coming to the United States of America. We denied that planes would be used in this country until 9/11/2001. We were caught ill prepared with our heads in the sand.

Come to think of it, we did know about airline bomb plots in the mid 1990s. There was an assassination plot hatched by Ramzi Yousef and Khalid Shaikh Mohammed in Manila in the early to mid 1990s, I think about 1993 – 1995. After the plot was broken up in 1995, the information was release to the news media. In about 1996, I was in Manila and personally spoke with Philippine police sergeant who was involved in rounding up some of the terrorists. He told me about a plot to use airlines to blow up and terrorize in several locations overseas using several US Airlines. This was to take place at the same time that Pope John Paul II was going to be assassinated. I think that Pope John Paul II may have been a diversion for the airliner events. The sargent went on to say that there was going to be a third strike in the United States afterward. Fortunately the plot was uncovered and stopped due to some mistakes that were made in a Manila hotel. These Jihadist turned out not to be so bright after all and made some gross mistakes and almost burned down a hotel in the process. Authorities discovered that Yousef and his Jihadist has already made several dry runs and were possibly linked to an explosion in Philippines airlines flight from Manila to Tokyo in December 1994 that killed on Japanese tourist.

Shortly after the World Trade Center disaster in 2001, the information regarding Yousef's plans were republished in the media. But, most of the mainstream media (MSM) did not take notice and the story died down. The 9/11 commission did not take much notice of those early years of al-Qaeda and middle east terrorism. My point is, we put our heads in the sand from the mid-1990s until 2001, so, we can do it again. The Oklahoma Bomber is a different type of terror action than Yousel was. But, we have to think outside the box and not ignore warning signs of something bigger in the works. Some of our public safety officials minimize the threat, whatever it may be, because to think outside the box would be more difficult. You can read more details of the operation in Wikipedia encyclopedia Operation Bojinka

I found some additional sources of information besides my personal recollections and the write-up in Wikipedia:

Neat quote of the day: "Not a day goes by that a man doesn't have to choose between what he wants, and what he is afraid to lose." ...Blues Musician Robert Cray

1 comment:

Rosemary said...

I remember this, too. Keep it alive. We people tend to forget.

BTW, did you know you can do "cross-post at..."? That way, others may come to your site! Just a thought. :)