I woke up this morning to see a cryptic text on my phone from a buddy at the Pentagon telling me to “check the news”. I figured something major must have happened, but I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the news was that Bin Laden got shot in the head by Navy SEALS last night and his body unceremoniously dumped in the ocean.
The timing was pretty interesting for me. I spent the morning and first part of the afternoon at the Pentagon and it was neat to see people who’d been working on getting Bin Laden for 10 years TRYING to suppress grins. It was a great day to be in the midst of some of the people who made it happen.
That being said, I’m VERY glad to be headed home soon. I will be surprised if our righteous, justified actions last night don’t spur individual or group terrorist attacks on US soil in the near future.
Now, understand that that statement has nothing to do with where I am today. It just has to do with the fact that I’ve studied the threat of radical Islam to the US since 9/11 out of my own curiosity and self-interest. I think it’s highly likely that unstable people looking for an event to push them over the edge will choose to use Bin Laden’s death as the straw that breaks their camel’s back.
As to the statements that we “cut the head off of Al-Qaeda and radical Islam…they completely miss the point. That would almost be like saying that when Elvis died, rock and roll died with it. Rock and roll and Al-Qaeda are movements. Both have the equivalent of highly public, well funded, organized groups as well as garage bands, and solo acts anonymously practicing at home every night—hoping to someday get to play on the big stage and get famous. Just like rock and roll continued after Elvis died, misguided people will continue to try to kill us, disrupt our way of life, and terrorize us after Bin Laden’s death.
Don’t get me wrong. While we now have a greater chance of experiencing a retaliatory attack, I’m still glad Bin Laden’s dead. Terrorists need to know that we will hunt them down and kill them if they attack us….and that we’ll force them to hide, stay on the run, and sleep with one eye open for however much more of their miserable lives they get to live.
So, enjoy the moment, but take advantage of the event to check your preparations and, if the opportunity arises, use Bin Laden’s death in the news cycle to talk with people about retaliatory attacks to something like banking, the internet, or the electrical grid. You may just find another fellow prepper..