Skip to comments.Expert: Massive WMD attack 'inevitable'
Posted on 11/30/2004 1:01:46 AM PST by JohnHuang2
The United States is losing the war on terrorism and faces an "inevitable" al-Qaida attack with weapons of mass destruction that will be worse than 9-11, according to a counter-terror expert.
"All of the warnings we have today indicate that a major strike something more horrible than anything we've seen before is all but inevitable," said Yossef Bodansky, former director of the U.S. Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare, in an interview yesterday with the Jerusalem Post.
Bodansky said "the primary option" for the next al-Qaida attack on American soil would be to employ weapons of mass destruction.
"I do not have a crystal ball, but this is what all the available evidence tells us; e will have a bang," Bodansky told the Post, adding al-Qaida is "tying up the knots" for an attack.
Bodansky, author of "Bin Laden: The Man Who Declared War on America," and "The Secret History of the Iraq War," said the jihadist movement is gaining strength as Osama bin Laden's call to arms draws an increasing number of recruits throughout the Muslim world.
Since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Bodansky said, the number of people trained and willing to die has more than doubled to an estimated 500,000 to 750,000. Intelligences estimates say another 10 million are willing toactively support them while another 50 million would provide financial support.
Bodansky was in Israel for the second annual Jerusalem Summit, an international gathering of conservative thinkers, the Post said.
Al-Qaida has not carried out a second major attack, Bodansky explained, because the first one sufficiently sent the message to the Islamic world that the U.S. could be penetrated, and a second attack necessarily would have to be more grandiose.
Now, however, the re-election of President Bush has set the stage for a massive attack with non-conventional weapons, Bodansky believes.
There has been a debate between bin Laden allies and some Islamic leaders over the propriety of such a large-scale attack on U.S. citizens, he told the Jerusalem paper. But, according to bin Laden's mindset, that has been resolved by the American electorate backing Bush and thus "choosing" to be enemies of Islam.
Though some debate and doubt may linger, the planning for an attack is finished, Bodansky believes.
"They got the kosher stamp from the Islamic world to use nuclear weapons," he said.
Bin Laden's theme has shifted since 9-11, Bodanksy said. Previously, perpetual confrontation and jihad against the U.S. was seen as the only way to protect Islam. Now, the emphasis is on punishing American society.
"Just as the West was challenging the quintessence of Islam by means of the globalization era, there was a parallel need by Islamic extremists to strike at and hurt the core of American society, this time with weapons of mass destruction," Bodansky said.
I don't know about this. The time to launch a WMD attack would have been 3 years ago, not today. I'd say the chances for a successful WMD attack on US soil by Islamic terrorists fared a higher probability pre-9/11. And with each day that passes by (assuming we keep up our military, economic, and diplomatic pressure), the chances grow slimmer still.
If something like this did happen, I wonder what would be the Military response of the United States?
What planet is this person on anyway and how much is he making per speaking engagement to say these things?
Anyone with the ability to read can see that the terror network is crumbling, with Osama sending a TAPE to bomb the US elections, and pleading for a truce in that tape.
Major portions of the hardline fighters are being lured into Iraq and killed by the thousands. There are fewer and fewer who want to don the suicide vests.
Our intelegence is getting better and better, and the fact that two or three cowards send legions of followers out to die while they hide in spider holes is not lost on the arab street.
This is defeatist scare tactics just to garner a speaking fee.
My thoughts exactly.
If Islamic countries want to engage in nuclear war, I believe the US will have the bases covered. We can turn the middle east into a smoldering nuclear meltdown unfit to live in for the next 50,000 or so years. Leaders in these countries need to know that Americans don't accept threats well and we react particularlly badly to attacks on our people.
"They got the kosher stamp from the Islamic world"
Now there's a mixed metaphore.....
Couldn't agree with you more, though, in fairness, Yossef Bodansky, through books, has extensively documented the links between Saddam and al-Qaeda. Small wonder Chris Matthews no longer invites him on Hardball.
I thought that terrorists would want to do something before the election, ala Spain. The fact that they could not do anything makes me wonder if they are capable. Heres to bringing bin Laden and his minions to justice.
The terrorists have nothing to lose except their cause. I think that they are getting a bit desperate. Anything can and generally will happen.
I dont know what scale is he refering too, but I doubt it will be anything like what he is thinking, short of a nuke. A nuke would be bad.
I think it will be something along the lines of that Sarin attack in Tokyo a few years ago.
Gee, this is uplifting.
Is this guy into watching people panic or is he trying to undermine confidence in the Bush Administration?
The "neutron solution" would be in order...say good bye to the inhabitants of Islamabad, Rihyad, Tehran etc...remember "you are either with us or against us..."
Inevitable? Don't think so. Probable? Yes.
I think we are not taking the threat of terrorism as serious as we should. We should be taking out N. Korea, Iran, Syria, and any other state that supports or harbors terrorism TODAY. There is no need to waste time with diplomacy in this situation.
FDR did not waste time with diplomacy with Japan and Germany after Pearl Harbor. Not only did he declare war with Japan, but declared war with Germany at the same time.
The hell with France, Germany, Canada, and the United (bribed) Nations. Let's go and kick a$s!!
Why haven't we bombed Al-Jeezera yet? If this were WW2, we would have bombed the Al Jeezera propaganda machine oin Sept. 12.
"Not only did he declare war with Japan, but declared war with Germany at the same time."
Did he? I thought Hitler declared war on the US after Pearl harbour. Can anyone clarify?
I would submit since 9/11 that there are many who have had time to ponder what a response to such an attack would consist of, and found that they were not opposed to even the worst they could possibly imagine.
Had the attack happened sooner, such resolve would not have been present.
OMGWTFBBQ!!! The sky is falling! :P
Seriesly, you'd think they'd have done something by now if they could.
Punish American society???..who the hell are you???If you want to see nukes going off in major "Islamic Holy Sites"..then so be it....
"They got the kosher stamp from the Islamic world"
Now there's a mixed metaphore.....
"They got the Hallal stamp from the Islamic world"
Now that's more appropriate.
If, the attack is as serious, as they say it will be, you can bet our crop of Muslims in this country will be thinned out considerably. Like all but, eliminated. At the very least, it will be confined to internment camps.
If, I were Muslim, I would be very afraid for my existence in America. The Religion of Peace will prove to be the Religion of Deception & Lies.
NUKE MECCA !
"Previously, perpetual confrontation and jihad against the U.S. was seen as the only way to protect Islam. Now, the emphasis is on punishing American society."Baloney!
Protecting Islam and punishing American society are one and the same in the warped minds of the Al-Qaida Satanists. If they could have destroyed America, they would have done so already.
"Al-Qaida has not carried out a second major attack, Bodansky explained, because the first one sufficiently sent the message to the blah blah blah blah..."Al-Qaida has not carried out a second major attack BECAUSE THEY CAN'T--and the reason is the expert leadership of President Bush, the genius of the American people, and the blessings God has showered upon America!
"Now, however, the re-election of President Bush has set the stage for a massive attack with non-conventional weapons, Bodansky believes."Bodansky's nuts.
The re-election of President Bush has assured continued vigilance and preparedness.
Note Bodansky's implicit plea for appeasement. Note also the tagline.
"Since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Bodansky said, the number of people trained and willing to die has more than doubled to an estimated 500,000 to 750,000. Intelligences estimates say another 10 million are willing toactively support them while another 50 million would provide financial support."They underestimate the American people.
They're also placing their trust in Satan and not God.
I agree...President Bush should speak to the nation over this threat and warn anyone stupid enough to use nuclear weapons against us....If they want to keep their precious Islamic holy sites from being nuclear dust piles, they should think twice.....
That's pretty drastic seeing as how there has been no such attack and this warning comes from one "terrorsim expert."
Or the next time a Democrat occupies the White House.
Hitler declared war on the US first in compliance with their treaty with Japan and the US reciprocated in kind.
deconstructs the intelligence community for political purposes
Just a guess. Is this guy trying to sell a book?
"If something like this did happen, I wonder what would be the Military response of the United States?"
Dancing in the streets would result in weapons raining from the sky.
The fact is, if the enemy Could really launch a strike, they would do so without talking about it or giving a pre-attack warning.
I don't recall Bin Laden sending out any tapes with threats prior to 9/11.
Silence from them is what would worry me more.
Thanks for the ping!
Why do you think they grow slimmer?
The borders are still unsecured. We still are being told that open borders are the way to go.
I'll tell you the way to go. Seal off the borders with military patrols and give them shoot on site orders for illegals coming into the country.
This will be a good first step, and then we'll be alot safer.
FDR didn't declare war on Germany, they declared war on us.
I think there needs to be camps set up right now and the Islamic hoards processed out of this country.
Of course it's inevitable. Eventually a Democrat will get elected to office sooner or later.
Nuclear bomb in a large city is pretty drastic, too, wouldn't you say?
I have heard this alot lately. I'm sure more than one terrorism expert has stated this. Even, if it is just one, that is what I feel, if this should happen.
I also think you could kiss the, "Politically Correct" crap goodbye. That would be good.
40% of American mooselimbs are blacks who are natural born US Citizens.
Where are you going to send them?
I do too. If, we are fighting a premptive war, this should be done , before WMD's are used.
Therapy for the native born muslims.....the arabs don't
think they are real muslims anyway. Someone told me
that black and slave are the same word in arab.
Round them up, if they're with the enemy.
Not into conspiracies, just winning the war.
If it worked for FDR, then why not now.
Well...we all thought Osama bin Laden was dead too. The author is partially correct...a WND attack on U.S. soil is inevitable.
The release of reports such as this is itself is a form of terrorism, whose side are these people on, anyway?
The 9/11 attacks did not depend, hinge, or leverage off any other fact, incident, preparation, threat, history, relationship, etc. aside from target location. It, in and of itself, was a defining moment. A nuke detonating would likewise be such, a hundredfold - and would not need to involve a particular landmark as WTC was.
The only conceivable relevant planning point is getting it to a major city - any part thereof.
If AQ had a nuke and could move it to a world-recognized city, we would be discussing the past-tense event right now, not the possibility.