I sincerely hope I’m not tempting fate with this post, but here goes.
If we are to believe the news media, there is a vast band of terrorists out there, bent on destroying the western way of life. They have sophisticated networks of terror cells; detailed plans for new outrages are being found on laptops and CD-Roms on a regular basis, yadda yadda yadda…
So why haven’t they hit us, repeatedly? (By “us”, I mean the mainland of the US and UK, which, as the prime movers in the latest Middle East meddling campaign, should be at the top of the list.) All this talk of extensive planning, and networks being smashed – I don’t buy it. I mean, let’s face it, how hard is it for a few dozen nutjobs to get into the country (if they’re not here already), put together some explosives and get terrorisin’? It strikes me that you don’t need months of planning to blow yourself, or a big truck, up in a city.
Seriously, what is going on? Are we being lied to on a huuge scale? If there really are “tens of thousands of fundamentalist crazies” (© all newspapers) hellbent on our destruction, then what’s keeping them? No doubt Bush ‘n’ Blair will take the credit for “smashing Al Qaeda”, but come on – the very nature of Al Qaeda is surely that it is a decentralised network that cannot be destroyed by taking out a few leaders. I’m puzzled. Help me out, someone.