The Future of Terrorism

Could this be the the kind of future terrorism we’ll face? The cost of an attack is almost zero and the returns in the hundreds of millions of dollars, if not billions. No bomb making or specialist training necessary.

An interesting question: Why haven’t and/or why wouldn’t a terrorist group want to claim responsibility for this. Even if not actually responsible, it would spark another round of terrorism and civil rights debates as well as surely costing a great deal of money if not to better secure against such threats, then at least to endlessly talk about them.

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Sir Ignatius Valentine Chirol (1852 - 1929) was a journalist, prolific author, world historian, and British diplomat. He began his career as a foreign correspondent and later became editor of the London Times. After two decades as a journalist he joined Her Majesty's Foreign Ministry as a diplomat and was subsequently knighted for his distinguished service as a foreign affairs advisor. Additionally, he wrote a dozen books on foreign affairs including The Far Eastern Question (1896), Serbia and the Serbs (1914), The End of the Ottoman Empire (1920) and The Egyptian Problem (1921). He is generally credited with popularizing "Middle East" in reference to the Arabian Peninsula with his book The Middle Eastern Question (1903). "Chirol" is a US citizen and graduate student studying Defense and Strategic Studies and government contractor. As with the historical Chirol, he has traveled to over two dozen countries and lived abroad for many years. Chirol speaks English and German fluently with basic knowledge of manyl of others.
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  3. PJ Blount says:

    It lacks the drama that a terrorist attack needs. While it is out of control it seems controllable. Terrorism preys on sudden, unexpected attacks that scare everyone, instead of just people in a certain local. In other words, it lacks terror for those of us not directly affected.

  4. Brent Grace says:

    Fire is highly unpredictable. Forest fires depend on certain weather conditions (e.g. high winds, lack of rainfall, ect) and it might be difficult to plan exactly when and where the exact conditions will exist. I guess you could just toss a random road flare into a random pile of brush each day, but every time you do that you increase the chance that someone sees you and you wind up sitting in prison wondering where it all went wrong. In a similar vein you run the risk of having the fire successfully extinguished before it gets very far, which will also spark an arson investigation which could put L.E. on your case and impede future (more effective) terrorist attacks. And even if the fire gets going, it’s difficult to prove that YOU (your organization or whatever) actually did it. Now that I think about it, the only way it really works well is if you start the fire, leave plenty of evidence, and make sure you get caught (they’re willing to die for the cause anyway).
    My .02? If you want to do a G.G. style attack you get a far better bang/buck ratio taking out a key point in the power grid. In any case, I think a good terrorist wants to keep his or her head down until they’re fairly certain you have a decent shot of doing some damage and letting everyone know that the event was not a natural disaster.

  5. Mark says:

    I thought MeCha (a more militant Aztlan) took responsibility. Whoever did it, they should have hit the water supply through the aqueduct feeding LA from the north.

  6. Michael says:

    Given that the government will likely bail many of these homeowners out (as I recall, they and/or the insurance companies have done so in the past), the question echoing through my mind is why we aren’t doing more to either keep people from rebuilding in that area, or mandating fire-resistant construction?

    Oh yeah, they’re rich. . .