Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Bronx Bomb Plot

By now everyone probably knows about the arrest of four men who planned to blow up New York synagogues and shoot down military planes. Fortunately the FBI was on the job and caught them in a sting operation. Unfortunately the existence of such a plot is not particularly surprising. The July 7, 2005 London bombings were carried out by home-grown terrorists. There will likely be other plots. Radical Islam, terrorism, and hatred of Jews all go together. As the NYC police commissioner noted,
“They stated that they wanted to commit jihad. They were disturbed about what was happening in Afghanistan and Pakistan, that Muslims were being killed. They were making statements that Jews were killed in this attack and that would be all right — that sort of thing.”
I'd be interested to know if the FBI learned of this plot through the surveillance of mosques -- something that has been controversial. It shouldn't be. It's too bad that peaceful Muslim Americans have to suffer increased scrutiny because of radical terrorist-supporters and actual terrorists, but that's just the way it is.

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