“At this stage, it’s perplexing,” the official told The Post. “It’s not a military or particularly iconic target like Times Square or the New York subway. This could be someone with limited or no foreign connections.”
I was in Oklahoma immediately after the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City the largest terrorist attack on U.S. soil prior to Sept. 11. The radio talk shows that night were filled with angry callers who were certain the people who killed 168 Americans were Middle East terrorists. It turned out, however, that the bombing was carried out by an American, Timothy McVeigh.
Nevertheless, foreign terrorists continue to pursue their relentless attempts to find lapses in our nation’s security apparatus on airlines, subways, sporting events and other strategic targets in large population centers. They’re constantly probing our weak spots, looking for new targets and plotting to demonstrate that they’re able to inflict heavy casualties on our homeland.
They only have to be successful once while we have to be right every time, Mr. Bush used to say. Over the course of his “war on terrorism,” following Sept. 11, the terrorists were unable to penetrate our homeland. It now seems clear that they have stepped up their efforts.
The Obama administration may not like the term “war on terrorism,” but that is what we are now engaged in 24/7.
Whoever perpetrated the savage Patriot’s Day attack on the streets of Boston demonstrated that we remain just as vulnerable as we were before.
Donald Lambro is a syndicated columnist and contributor to The Washington Times.