I’ve been saying this for years, but the Aurora shootings bring it up again.
I have been assured by experts like George W. Bush and Michelle Bachmann that there are millions of militant Muslims who hate us for our freedom. People living in Glenn Beckistan think that almost all Muslims are like that; more responsible and informed analysts, as seen on Fox News, might put the percentage as low as 10% of Muslims.
With about 1.6 billion Muslims in the world, 10% of that is 160 million. If only 1% of those freedom-hating Muslims has the desire and means to come to the US, that makes 1.6 million willing and able to attack US citizens on our soil.
It’s not hard for a foreigner to legally visit the US as a tourist. It’s not hard for a tourist to remain longer than he is authorized. And according to the same people on Fox News, it’s also ridiculously easy for a foreigner to illegally enter the US and evade authorities indefinitely, even as he gets free tuition and medical care (but I’m not sure they are right about that last part). And according to everyone, it’s pretty easy to get guns and ammo in the US, especially at gun shows.
So where are these 1.6 million militant Muslims, who want to kill Americans, and who have the ability to do it? It might take a lot of planning and coordination to pull off another WTC style incident, but as anyone should have known, and as Aurora proved yet again, it would be ridiculously easy to shoot up a mall, bus, subway train, restaurant, or movie theater. Ridiculously easy to have an Aurora-type incident every day, day after day, for 1.6 million days. Which is 4,380 years. By which time even more militant Muslims may have been born.
And if they only wanted to do it for a thousand years, they could have four of five Auroras every day. If they only wanted to do it for a hundred years, they could stage 40 or 50 shootings, maybe one in every state, every day.
And THAT is if they are willing to die when they do it. If instead of shooting people until they themselves are captured or killed, they decide to just leave homemade bombs in the aforementioned bus, subway, restaurant, mall, or theater, then the same person can do it over and over again, and be long gone when it goes off. And not even a hairy-chested patriot packing heat can do much about it.
Which means we could have 1.6 million bombings per day. The only way to stop them would be to search everyone who goes anywhere in public, several times a day. Freedom destroyed, mission accomplished.
And it would be SO EASY to achieve. If they used bombs instead of guns, so that one person could leave several bombs around per day as he randomly drove from city to city, not even caring how many people he killed with each bomb, then just a DOZEN people could completely disrupt US society, and it might take months or years to catch them. If they were careful, they might never be caught. And on their drives between large cities, they could stop along the way to poison reservoirs, or start forest fires, or damage train tracks, or whatever.
Just a dozen bombers could bring the US to its knees if they struck at random locations in the US every day. After a week or so, when they had hit all 50 states, people all over the country would be afraid to go out, go shopping, go to work on mass transit, even buy gas (the Beltway Snipers, two nuts with one rifle, disrupted parts of two states and DC for several weeks a few years ago, when they targeted gas stations). The economy, especially in its current fragile state, would tank. It would be absolute chaos. It would be exactly what the America-hating, freedom-hating militant Muslims would want.
And yet, we only have Aurora-type incidents once every few years, and they are not perpetrated by al Qaeda or the Islamic Brotherhood. They are almost always just random nutcases – which shows how easy it is to do.
You know what I think? I think that the number of people who hate the US for our freedom, as opposed to, say, our foreign policy, is very small, and that the number who hate us enough to actually want to come to America to kill innocent civilians just because they are Americans is very, very, very small. There may be a few nuts in a cave somewhere, but they are disorganized and ineffective. I think the reason we have not been attacked since 9-11 is not because our borders are impenetrable, or Bush is so manly that they fear to attack us as long as he lives; rather, it is because there are only a very few people who want to attack us, and they don’t have the means to do it.
They don’t even have a dozen people willing and able to do it.
What do you think?