June 14, 2004
I'd like to say "I told you so" about al-Qaeda attacking a shopping mall, but this is one of those instances where something I've thought about often doesn't make it onto this weblog.
You can think I'm making this up. Oh well. Soon after the Sept. 11 attacks I wondered what al-Qaeda would do next. Since passengers counterattacked the hijackers on United Flight 93, and passengers rose up to stop Richard Reid, the "Shoe bomber" turning a passenger plane into a cruise missile is off the idea board. To really instill fear in the population anyone, not just those in cities like New York and Washington, D.C., would have to think they could be a potential target. An attack in America's heartland would truly terrorize the public, and what better place for a bombing than a shopping mall? It's where millions of people daily congregate to shop, eat, and be entertained. An attack there would implant one heck of a cocoon effect pushing the economy into deep recession (although online retailers would make a killing).
Now, we have word that a Somali terrorist was, in fact, plotting to bomb a mall in Ohio.
"Man Charged in Ohio Mall Blast Plot"
UPDATE: Here's reaction from Captain Ed.