Sunday, July 16, 2006

Hezbollah In The U.S.?

Here's a great post by Herschel Smith at The Captain’s Journal: Are we Prepared for Hezbollah Attacks in the U.S.?

It's no secret that there are terrorist cells operating in the North America. Some might be hiding amid the local populace, waiting to be activated. Some may be actively pursuing intelligence in and around potential targets. Others may be fully ready to implement whatever cowardly act they have been assigned. We have been lucky enough to expose and shut down some of these cells in recent months and years, but with the still open and porous border, there's no way to tell who is here and what their intentions might be.

The list of potential targets here is endless. Everything from military and government targets, to bridges, buildings and other civilian infrastructure, to targets with the highest potential for human loss, such as crowded theaters, shopping centers and schools. The possibilities are staggering, especially when you consider that terrorists want the biggest bang for their buck. That means lots of casualties with the maximum damage to our infrastructure, all highly sensationalized, exaggerated and replayed 24/7 by the media.

Clearly, law enforcement and the military cannot protect every potential target. Even Israel, where terrorist bombings among the populace are commonplace, must rely heavily on private security guards, which can be found at the entrance to bars, stores, theaters and bus station. And the presence of security personnel doesn't necessarily mean that the target will not be prosecuted. There have been numerous occasions of suicide bombers blowing themselves up as soon as they were confronted by security teams.

We cannot prepare for every eventually not protect every target.

Now, knowing that these cells are among us and that their ultimate goal is to wipe out whoever isn't them, we can reasonably assume that it isn't a matter of if, but rather when, they will strike us here at home. And with the aftermath of last year's hurricane season fresh in our minds, we all need to take steps to ensure our survival.

We all should have a survival kit ready and emergency plans for the family should any disaster strike us. If you need more information on how to prepare for an emergency, you can visit this Red Cross/CDC website. There's also a wealth of information at the Department of Homeland Security site.

Make preparations now, while it's still fresh in your mind. The U.S. has been bombarded with floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and wildfires in the last year, so having disaster preparedness kits and emergency plans at the ready is a must for every American. The threat of a terrorist attack is just one more thing to plan for.

3 Comments:

Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

Good argument for deporatation if ya ask me!...good post!

6:07 AM  
Anonymous Lisa @ Two Babes said...

Mike.... everything you say here is right on the mark.. Unfortunately, one of the downfalls of being as American is that we all have the mentality that "it will never happen here". Even after 9/11, we still live in that mind set.

The great thing about this country is that the military and law enforcement (folks like you) have done such a wonderful job protecting us. We, the everyday citizen, have taken that protection forgranted.

As the former head of Homeland Security, whos name escapes me this early in the morning, said.... "We have to get it right everytime.... the terrorists only have to get it right once."

6:19 AM  
Blogger Cop the Truth said...

That's an old hat tip to the days of the PIRA v. the SAS, but still hits home everyday.

9:41 PM  

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