Ramadan: Day One
Vol: 25 Issue: 27 Monday, October 27, 2003
At least forty people have died in terrorist attacks as five car bombs ripped through Baghdad. The targets varied from Iraqi police stations, symbolic of the reconstruction effort, to the Red Cross. The attacks coincided with the first day of the month of Ramadan.
The attacks against the al Rashid hotel revealed a new professionalism not seen previously. Intead of a sucide attacker driving a car bomb, this attack used a forty-round Katyusha rocket launcher described as a portable electrical generator.
This ‘new professionalism’ suggests the administration’s strategy of drawing al-Qaeda into Iraq is working. Iraqi loyalists to Saddam Hussein are, for the most part, soldiers by profession and training. These attacks reveal a depth of planning and improvisation unique to terrorists.
And most of the targets were Iraqi. Most of the dead were Iraqis. Four of the targets were Iraqi police stations. Of the twenty-seven dead in those attacks, only one was an American.
An ambulance with Red Cross markings pulled up to the Baghdad headquarters of the International Red Cross and exploded. The death toll was ten — all Iraqis. There were fifteen wounded — all Iraqi.
Most of the terrorists killed or captured are foreign fighters. That doesn’t sound like Iraqi ‘dead-enders’ — it sounds like al-Qaeda terrorists.
The administration said at the beginning of the war against terrorism that the goal was to fight terrorism outside our borders.
The war against Saddam drew al-Qaeda like a magnet. Shattered nations are perfect cover for them — like rats to a dump.
It doesn’t mean, necessarily, that it makes al-Qaeda any easier to defeat. It only means that instead of FBI agents in suits fighting them in US neighborhoods, US soldiers in Kevlar are fighting them in Baghdad neighborhoods.
But the fires in California suggest not all of al-Qaeda went to Iraq. Some of them are still here.
Joe Farah’s G-2 Report reveals a June 25 FBI memo saying a senior al-Qaeda detainee gave details of a plot to start midsummer forest fires in the US. The memo, obtained by the Arizona Republic newspaper, said an unidentified detainee revealed he hoped to create several large, catastrophic wildfires at once.
“The detainee believed that significant damage to the U.S. economy would result and once it was realized that the fires were terrorist acts, U.S. citizens would put pressure on the U.S. government to change its policies,” the memo said.
The detainee told investigators his plan called for three or four operatives to travel to the U.S. and set timed explosive devices in forests and grasslands.
“Australian security authorities are aware of reports that al-Qaeda has considered starting bushfires in the U.S. as a form of terrorist attack,” said a spokeswoman Australian Attorney General Daryl Williams.
“Arson attacks are just one of a wide range of scenarios which have been considered as part of our investigations into al-Qaeda’s ability to conduct attacks in Australia.”
Hal Lindsey lives right in the middle of the fire zone. When we last spoke about 8 last night, the fires were less than ten miles from his house. This morning, I had an instant message from him, saying, “Holy Cow! It’s not just really smokey, it’s getting HOT!” Please pray for Hal and his family and all those affected by this catastrophe.
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