- Last week, the FBI issued a nationwide warning to local police apprising them of a particularly chilling development:
Suspected members of extremist groups have signed up as school bus drivers in the United States, counterterror officials said Friday, in a cautionary bulletin to police.The Bureau emphatically states that there is no need for immediate alarm. But the potential for terrorist activity of this nature is terrifying.
Driving a school bus is as easy as obtaining a commercial driver's license, having a minimal understanding of written English, and being free of a felonious past.
Once infiltrated, a cell could easily carry out a real-life Speed with children as collateral.
The driver arranges to pick up a couple of others with explosives somewhere near the end of the morning route, with the bus full of elementary students and the workday beginning in full-swing. Office buildings, the bustling elementary school parking lot, an overpass, and targets downtown would all be susceptible. Even without someone on the inside, hijacking a school bus presents little challenge. With young hostages on board, the decision to fatally intercept the vehicle before it reaches its target would be excrutiatingly difficult to make, and the threat of effective passenger revolt would be nonexistent.
The greatest deterrent to such an event is probably the negative PR it would receive. Widespread condemnation would ensue even among the staunchest Islamic apologists who would find an American Beslan tough to excuse.
- Going forward in Quebec, women wearing burqas will be allowed to vote in elections. The city's Director General of Elections has also said that a woman will not be required to remove the veil if a family member vouching for her identity is also present, or, unbelievably, if she simply swears that she is who she claims she is. Electoral fraud is but an insignificant egg to be cracked for the multicultural omelet.
- Women's rights in the Occident are a few more eggs. A Frankfurt judge has rejected a woman's application for an immediate divorce from her physically abusive husband, citing a Koranic passage dictating to a man the right to castigate his wife. Presumably he's referring to the 34th verse of the Al Nisa sura ("Women"), which is translated in my Koran thus:
"Men have authority over women because God has made the one superior to the other... Good women are obedient... As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them, forsake them in beds apart, and beat them."- In a victory for gender equality, however, a Hamas television station recently broadcast a portrayal of the four year-old daughter of suicide bomber Reem Riyashi. The urchin, enamored with the late heroine who was her mother, asks dead mommy to let Muhammad know that she sends her love.
Riyashi is credited as being the first female to take up the chest-strapped bomb suit, opening up an avenue for women that had previously been dominated by men.