ABC news states that in 2007 the CIA warned that Osama bin Laden is in Pakistan and he has al Qaeda training camps. Mike McConnell, Director of National Intelligence at the CIA, stated that Osama is: “attempting to re-build, re-establish and to establish training camps.” MSNBC news adds that Osama’s location is believed to be: “in a mud walled compound at the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan.”
The last video was Osama bin Laden was in October of 2004, shortly before America’s presidential election. MSNBC reports that Osama is now, in the year 2008, age 51. Speculation is rampant about whether he is still alive or not.
Mumbai, India Attacks
Was Osama bin Laden the mastermind of the Mumbai, India attacks? The attacks seem to have many hallmarks of al Qaeda. They attacks involved in multiple locations, in quick succession. Eye witness accounts say that the gunmen attempted to separate out the American and British tourists at the hotels. This may be the number one sign these attacks were planned by Osama bin Laden.
The attacks also utilized the lackadaisical nature of India’s security just as they did in NYC. Gunmen brazenly walked through train stations shooting freely. Then the government announced that commandos were being sent to Mumbai from the capital, a two-hour trip. The terrorists had electronic devices to track reports on the media; thus they had full knowledge that commandos would not be arriving for quite some time. The gunmen were better organized than the government it seems.
Al Qaeda takes advantage of open societies to use the element of surprise to kill and create mayhem. Once again the government did not react quickly enough to prevent massive loss of life. Just as after 9/11 the world watches the havoc of the attacks and wonders how gunmen could strike in so many places without immediate reaction from commandos. Mumbai is the financial capital of India. It seems ludicrous to not have commando stationed there. Every financial capital in the world should have commandos ready to deploy immediately in a crisis and a disaster plan that is updated regularly and practiced regularly.
Does the Public Need Information about Terrorism Warnings?
Also, al Qaeda takes advantage of the unwillingness of businesses and societies to make public announcements of terrorist threats. It seems the Taj Hotel in Mumbai has recent warnings of a possible terrorist attack. One wonders how many tourists would have stayed at the hotel if that news were public? The government needs to step up and keep the public informed of threats at tourist locations. Society must put the safety of humans above the profits of a business.
Many witnesses to the attacks said the gunmen seemed well trained and professional. Is Osama still training young men (and possibly young women too) to prepare for jihad? Is Osama still plotting events against America too? When will Osama bin Laden be captured?
As President Elect Obama starts to plan for his top priorities, let’s pray that he is successful in his plans to capture Osama bin Laden. Osama has been free for too long since the 9/11 attacks. He must be captured and brought to justice. Every person in the world is at danger of terrorism at any time as long as Osama is free and plotting jihad.