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Questions are then raised concerning future events. Let's look at a likely scenario. We know when al Qaeda has chosen a target in America, they persist until it is destroyed. World Trade Center 1993 and 2001. The national capitol 2001 and ? Security has tightened sufficiently so next attack on capitol will be different than last, as with Trade Center.
The report on Now demonstrates a close relationship between Pakistan and al Qaeda. Pakistan has growing nuclear capability and it is reasonable to assume al Qaeda has proved itself worthy to share in this capability. While it may be a bit more difficult to move nuclear devices within striking distance of capitol, it is far from impossible. Any number of nuclear weapons could be brought in with regular drug shipments, made possible by great war on drugs fraud.
The lesson of Waco, Texas and Ruby Ridge, Idaho was to fear government's ability to make war on people. The lesson of Oklahoma City and September 11, is that government canít or won't protect people or itself. Fear increases all around and affects every aspect of American life. That fear not only allows an expansion of government and government power, it demands increase as national security.
The escape of 8,000 al Qaeda in 2001 does nothing to increase security anywhere. Anything President has said about national security since November, 2001 is suspect. There is no doubt national government is growing like a cancer. Yet, if al Qaeda succeeds in destroying capitol, especially a nuclear destruction, would any American see it as a successful radiation treatment? Can surviving America rest easier because capitol was target and not rest of us? Will Congress deserve such a fate because it did nothing when President substantially decreased entire national security?
As I write this, I have heard reports that U.S. forces are closing in on al Qaeda near Pakistani border. Will they capture or kill 8,000 freed in November, 2001? Or will most of them slip away with Pakistani assistance? The answer to this question should tell us much about so called war on terrorism. Personally, I expect it to be business as usual and hope I am wrong.
To add some balance to all this, I want to point out that we could consider escape of November, 2001 a case of a Christian President loving his enemies, as Bible instructs. Could we be witnessing beginnings of New Age warfare here? Will there be any gratitude among 8,000 who were and are ready to die for their beliefs? Will they be satisfied with destruction of their next primary target? Or will they continue until America is one of least powerful nations in world? Would that be a bad thing? Could it be necessary to world peace? Fear or not, these are truly exciting times.
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