Obviously, today’s discovery of an attempted terror plot is a very serious matter. And the serious hashing out of what it all means will come as more details emerge (though, while U.S. officials aren’t naming al Qaeda as the culprit just yet, a bomb sent from Yemen to Jewish organization in America seems pretty plainly to signify Islamic terrorism).
In the meantime, I have what may be some stupid questions:
What does it mean that these jerks decided to send a bomb that would travel more than 7,500 miles, on two trans-continental flights, to be delivered to an office building — and only then blow up?
Given the trouble that jihadists have had lately with carrying out even their simpler plots successfully (thank goodness), doesn’t it seem odd that they would now try to take up the degree of difficulty several notches?
Does this mean they’re having trouble recruiting/converting more local people to extremism? Does it mean they felt they needed to pull off something spectacular — and highly terrifying, given cargo shipping’s essential place in Western life and commerce — to atone for their errors?
I suppose they’ve succeeded in a way simply by forcing all of us to focus on a new aspect of life being prone to terrorism, and to ratchet up the security measures again, etc. But something about it just seems a little odd, don’t you think?