A plot to blow up planes in flight from the UK to the US and commit "mass murder on an unimaginable scale" has been disrupted, Scotland Yard has said. It is thought the plan was to detonate explosive devices smuggled in hand luggage on to as many as 10 aircraft.The suspects are all British nationals, primarily of Pakistani origin (an NPR story this evening actually reported that all 24 suspects currently held in British custody are British Pakistanis). Randall Parker's all over it, pithily summing up the moral of the story thus:
Muslim terrorists are nature's way of telling us that not all cultures and religions are the same, not all are compatible, and not all belong within our borders.Eternally optimistic, I hope this will finally shift British opinion in the direction of the Germans, who are the most realistic in regards to the problems Islamic immigration brings, having dealt with them for several decades now. But a recent Pew report finds that 57% of Britons favor continued Muslim immigration and believe it to be a good thing (though the question did ask specifically about North African and Middle Eastern immigration, and it is Pakistani Muslims that have been the most troublesome for the British thus far).
The question still remaining concerns what organization, if any, these thugs are tied to. In contrast to the recent plots broken up in Ontario and Miami, this one appears to have had the complexity of an Al Qaeda fingerprint:
- Tracing flight patterns, the suspects ascertained that flights from Europe to North America by airline tend to run in batches, enabling them to potentially get several liquid explosives onto multiple planes (from six to ten or even as many as twenty) by the time the first detonated, rendering the current clampdown too late to stop thousands of civilians from a watery grave somewhere in the Atlantic.
- The use of liquid explosives evinces some level of sophistication. It's not clear what exact compounds were to be used, but something along the lines of astrolite or nitroglcyerin seems plausible. Undetectable by X-ray, this plot will have a deleterious effect on the comfort of travel, with restrictions on things like beverages and hand lotion, and also on personal freedoms, as travelers face even more frustrating security checks and boarding procedures. These will extend beyond airports, as an attack using explosives in soft drinks or water bottles would be exponentially easier to pull off in a subway or bus station than in-flight.
- By concealing explosives on board instead of taking control of the aircraft and using it as a missle as the 9/11 hijackers did, the chance of replication might have been high if the planes dropped into the ocean shortly after detonation and evidence of what happened was lost. Would we have been able to figure out what exactly took them down? Or would we continue to board planes with unchecked soda in hand?
Once again, the West needs to ask itself why it allows almost unfettered Muslim immigration to continue. If the goal is to win the hearts and minds of the Arab street, it's not working. The gossamery moderate Muslim, wherever or whoever he is, does not have a lot of company. In Lebanon, relatively liberal by Middle Eastern standards, a staggering 87% of the population supports Hezbollah, deemed a terrorist organization by the State Department, in its war with Israel.
What Germany and the Netherlands have done with cultural testing is a start, but why not put a temporary hiatus on further immigration from Middle East for the duration of the war against Islam, er, the War on Terror? We can replace the contributions of Middle Easterners with Koreans:
"Home is supposed to be women's space and I don't like it when he spends more time in my space," says Ms. Jun, also 36. "It's like an invasion."
Ms. Jun isn't the only one here with weekend woes. South Korea began phasing in the five-day workweek two years ago. And even though they are paid the same wages to work fewer hours, many Koreans are still unsettled by the prospect of having more free time. ...
Even two full years after having his hours cut, Kim Jeong Hyun, a 45-year-old marketing executive at Samsung Everland Inc., operator of the country's biggest amusement park, is still struggling to amuse himself on Saturdays.
A longer weekend is "something I could have never imagined," says Mr. Kim. He says he is learning how to use his extra leisure time and now feels "less uncomfortable" when he goes cycling or heads to the countryside with his family. But, he confesses, "I still come to the office a couple of Saturdays a month."
To help ease the free-time burden, the Korea Culture & Tourism Policy Institute is making available yeoga kwallisa, or leisure counselors, "to teach people to seize their time," says Yoon So Young, a chief researcher at the institute. "It is something that needs to be learned."
Indefatigable, intelligent, and they won't blow you out of the sky or slit your throat with a rusty scimitar!