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Still out there and still dangerous

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September 7, 2007

Thanks to German-U.S. intelligence cooperation and heads-up German police work, three Islamic militants were arrested in the last stage of what authorities called a “massive” plot aimed at the U.S. military presence there.

Authorities said the trio, two German nationals, converts to Islam, and a Turk, had accumulated military-grade detonators and 200 gallons of a concentrated hydrogen-peroxide solution, the equivalent of 1,200 pounds of TNT. Police said the bombs were similar to but more powerful than the bombs that killed 191 people in Madrid, Spain, and 52 in London.

The bombers’ targets were said to be the U.S. Ramstein air base and Frankfurt airport, both central to an area with a large American military presence. The three, all said to be members of the radical al Qaeda-linked Islamic Jihad Union, had been under surveillance since their return from Pakistan, where they had trained.

And it may have allegedly been part of a wider plot. After their arrests, police raided 41 houses and apartments and were looking for at least 10 additional suspects.

Thanks to proactive police work, the plot likely would have failed in any case because the police secretly substituted a diluted and harmless form of the peroxide.

The plot is disturbing because it follows what is becoming a drearily familiar pattern: twentysomething disaffected European males, a strong immigrant and Islamic connection, clandestine visits to terrorist training camps and the willingness to cause the mass slaughter of innocents. Unfortunately, they seem to be in generous supply.

The Europeans and we are in this war together. There are bad people out there intent on doing us both harm.

3 Responses to Still out there and still dangerous

  1. Electric Bill

    September 7, 2007 at 10:04 am

    “Thanks to proactive police work, the plot likely would have failed in any case because the police secretly substituted a diluted and harmless form of the peroxide.”
    Two things, one, since the plot would have likely failed anyway, it’s not really so threatening and two, POLICE WORK. Terrorism is a job for the police, not the Army.
    Aside from that, McFeathers’ message seems to be, “be afraid, be very afraid.”
    I’m way more afraid of the Bush/Cheney bund than I am of disaffected Europeans.

  2. Hexalectris

    September 7, 2007 at 12:01 pm

    The scariest part of this whole affair is that these baddies were trained by Al Queda in Iraq by OBL personally, and supplied by the ghosts of Uday, Qusay and Saddam from their vast stocks of WMD’s, which they had to retrieve from Syria. I always knew that sooner or later the truth of the Lord (as known and interpreted exclusively by our visionary President)would manifest itself and these godless heathens would be exposed-uh!

  3. shag11

    September 7, 2007 at 8:43 pm

    What was the U.S. part in this? I heard the rightwing hack Tony Blankley mention that part, and Robert Scheer correct him and say that the U.S. had no part in this.