Plot to attack mall during Christmas season: thwarted

December 9, 2006 at 1:07 am (Islam, Islamism, News, The Internet, The Media, The United States, The West, US Government, Websites)

Ever think that militant Islamist terrorism won’t affect you?

Think again.

On December 8, 2006, federal investigators thwarted a terrorist plot by a convert to Islam, Derrick Shareef of Rockford, IL, to attack a shopping mall (among other intended targets) at the height of the Christmas season. He was planning to detonate hand grenades at the CherryVale Mall in Rockford, IL.

It is written (in “Feds: Man Planned to Blow Up Ill. Mall” by Mike Robinson of AP) (emphasis added):

Shareef was born in the United States and converted to Islam, officials said. They believe he might have learned about jihad through videos and Web sites.

This incident highlights a number of important points:

  1. “Home-grown” terrorism is still a threat to The United States and their people.
  2. The cyber-presence of militant Islamist terrorist networks is one vehicle through which said networks spread their propaganda, modi operandi, plans, ideas, and other information related to terrorist attacks or justifications thereof. In other words: this online presence is a threat and enables the militant Islamist terrorist networks to effortlessly expand its presence and operations throughout the world, even into one’s own town.
  3. The Government is paying attention to those who wish us harm, and it seems that they are taking all such threats seriously.
  4. Militant Islamist terrorists deliberately target civilian sites. If we are to be on alert if they wish to attack government and military sites, so much more should we be alert when they intentionally target civilian sites. Their goal is mayhem, and so we cannot afford to dismiss the danger that these people and networks pose to us civilians.
  5. Militant Islamist terrorists and their supporters have as their end striking fear into the hearts of their enemies. There is no morality and there are no rules in this game. They are vicious and inhuman. We cannot afford to restrain ourselves by assuming our enemies operate taking into consideration what we take for granted, such as the value of every life.

Be aware and vigilant.

This event should wake us all up to the threats we face. We can be hurt even if highly-organized militant Islamist terrorist networks are not actively implementing a terrorist plot: any one of their deranged followers can carry out an attack. Whether by a network or the work of a lone idiot, the result is the same.

But what about non-militant Islamists? Surely they play no role in this, right? Wrong. Islamists deny that terrorism is a problem generated by Islamists. They place the blame on Western imperialism, American foreign policy, modernism, Israel and Jews, and so on. Thereby, they prevent anyone from clearly seeing the situation as it is. They throw up smokescreens. They also do not permit any criticism or inspection of the Muslim community whereby we can ascertain their feelings and intentions towards us so that we may thereby establish relations that will help us protect ourselves. Islam and the Muslim community are beyond reproach, especially by infidels. More smokescreens. Finally, Islamists also seek the downfall of The West and the triumph of Islamist fascism.

Do not tolerate any acceptance of Islamism. And do not tolerate any Islamist, militant or otherwise, conspiring against us. It’s not only a matter of civilizational survival but of our very lives.

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  1. bugsngasgal said,

    This is exactly the kind of crap we’ve been expecting, it had to happen at some point. Next time it might not be the good guys selling fake grenades to the creeps. But one thing I can tell you: terrorists here in the U.S. are going to be rather surprised when they find out the hard way how many Americans have concealed carry permits…and use them.

  2. Muslihoon said,

    You hit a point I want to address one day: how terrorists may underestimate American backlash. We can be a very fierce and vicious people when attacked.

  3. bugsngasgal said,

    That’s true. The downside is that there are a lot of us who will have some terrible knee-jerks if the small attacks in malls etc. start happening. Obviously some completely innocent people could be attacked because they had, say, an Arabic appearance or owned a Middle Eastern restaurant or something. The American people cannot stand for that. One possible way to avoid that is for neighborhoods to work together with potential victims of backlash and help keep them and their homes/businesses secure.

    Now, in the case of catching an actual terrorist in the act, I admit I would privately approve of outright shooting a guy seen tossing a grenade into a trash can in the mall, but in truth that is wrong and unlawful, and taking on the role of both law enforcement and the justice system degrades our system of government. Still, what would most of us do right then and there? Frankly, if we’re packin’, we’re going to pull the trigger without having a big ethical argument with ourselves first.

    I have to modify my first comment, though: possibly the existence of armed Americans on the streets won’t factor into the terrorist calculus at all, since most are probably hoping to die during an attack anyway. Maybe they’d even start counting on it. Of course, if we just take knee-shots, they won’t appreciate that one bit! 😉

  4. S. Weasel said,

    I’ve wondered for a long time why they don’t try random acts of smaller terrorism, like setting off bombs in malls. Looks like all that kind of stuff has been done by individual nutcases, not by any organized group. Al Q seems obsessed with the big, telegenic terrorist events.

    I honestly don’t know how it would play with Americans; a steady drip of demoralizing violence. People held up pretty well through the sniper thing (another pair of nutty freelancers). I’d like to think it would stiffen our resolve, but I’m not sure.

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