The Nigerian terrorist who set off an incendiary device on a Detroit-bound airliner yesterday was instantly subdued by alert passengers and crew. Had he succeeded in bringing down that plane, with some 300 souls on board, we’d have never heard the end of of the infamous Christmas massacre, the great Muslim terrorist victory on one of Christianity’s holiest days.
As long as brave citizens stay aware, as long as airline passengers remember that quick action is safer than acquiesence, the odds are against the terrorists. There’s little anyone can do on a crowded airliner that won’t be seen by someone else.
This was another reminder, too, that not all terrorists come from Iraq or Afghanistan and never have. It’s ridiculous for us to think we can fight Muslim extremism by attacking specific nations. Not to mention it’s a terrible waste of manpower and resources, civilian lives and property, and our worldwide reputation. This is a religious movement, a belief, not a national army mounted by a specific country. These radical Muslim terrorists can and do come from everywhere, including our own country. Our leaders need to think of a newer, more modern way to fight them.