It is certainly distressing. A friend of mine narrowly missed being caught in one of the blasts.
Nevertheless, it is also very strange. Something about it just doesn’t add up. All the time Mesopotamia was being bombed into submission, not so much as a firecracker went off in London. Surely both strategy and psychology would have made an explosive statement of the “You bomb us, we bomb you” kind desirable to Mustapha.
So we can only assume that he couldn’t do it. Now suddenly he can. Once he launched a devastating attack on America. Once. Never before or since. Now he has done it in London. On both occasions, having failed to produce a single serious blast, he suddenly comes up with a perfectly orchestrated military operation involving multiple strikes.
Now can he do this, or can’t he? If he can, why doesn’t he do it much more often? And if he can’t, how does he suddenly emerge from total impotence to masterful strategy and multiple-strike precision, and then sink back into impotence for years?
The more one thinks about it, the less sense it makes.
One thought may shed light on the matter. About three months before the 9/11 attacks, America threatened the Taliban regime, through Pakistani diplomatic channels (having itself severed diplomatic relations) that if Mr. Bin Laden was not surrendered Afghanistan would be bombed.
At the time the threat seemed an empty one. America could not possibly get the support either internationally or from its own people for such an undertaking. But 9/11 changed all that. Rather like Pearl Harbor.
A short time ago, Persia got a new president. He promised a strengthened Islamic govenrnment, and openly defied America by stating that Persia would proceed with its nuclear programme despite the “international law” that only those countries with American permission may have a nuclear programme.
At the time I said: Mustapha has America over a barrel here. They can’t go bombing Persia. Everything has fallen apart in Mesopotamia, and they are trying to get out. An attack on Persia would have no support either internationally or from the American people. Unless, of course, there was another 9/11.
And then, funnily enough….