Sunday, September 11, 2011

A Lot to Remember on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11

There is a lot to remember on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon outside Washington, DC.

Of course, we also remember the brave passngers on Flight 93 in the skies over Shanksville, Pennsylvania and Seal Team 6 in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

But there are a lot more attacks to remember:

Notable Al Qaeda Attacks
2 hotels in Aden, YemenBombs12/29/199227
World Trade Center in NYCTruck bomb2/26/199361,042
Imam Reza shrine in Mashhad, IranBomb6/20/199411200
Flight 434 from Manila to TokyoLuggage bomb12/11/1994110
Khobar, Saudi ArabiaTruck bomb6/25/199620372
Reputed assassination attempt on then President Bill Clinton in Manila, PhillipinesRoadside bomb11/25/199600
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi, KenyaCar bomb8/7/19982234,000+
LAX plotter arrested entering U.S. from Canada in Port Angeles, WashingtonCar bomb12/14/199900
USS Cole in port at Aden, YemenBoat bomb10/12/20001739
24 Christian Churches in IndonesiaBomb12/24/200019120
World Trade Center in NYC and the PentagonHijacked airplanes9/11/20012,9776,000+
Flight 63 from Paris, France to Miami, FloridaShoe bomb12/22/200103
Kuta, Bali, IndonesiaBackpack and car bombs10/12/2002202240
Mega Kuningan, South Jakarta, Indonesia. Car bomb8/5/200312150
Instanbul, TurkeyTruck bomb11/15/2003
Madrid, SpainBackpack bombs3/11/20041922,050
Australian Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia.Van bomb9/9/20049150+
London, United KingdomBackpack bombs7/7/200553700
Bali, IndonesiaBackpack bombs10/1/200520129
3 hotels in Amman, JordanBelt bombs11/9/200560115
Islamabad, PakistanDump truck bomb9/20/200854266
Mumbai, IndiaShootings and bombings11/26/2008154308
2 hotels in Jakarta, IndonesiaBombing7/17/2009753
Fort Hood, TexasShootings11/5/20091329
Flight 253 from Amsterdam, Netherlands to Detroit, MichiganUnderwear bomb12/25/200902
Times Square NYCCar bomb5/1/201000
Attempted assassination of UK MP Stephen Timms in Beckton, East London, United KingdomKnife5/14/201001
Air cargo bound for Chicago, IllinoisPrinter cartridge bombs10/29/201000
Killeen, TexasGuns and homemade bomb7/27/201100
Total for these 30 attacks  4,09916,686+

Attacks by Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq are too numerous to list and this list is no doubt in other ways incomplete.

Lessons for the United States:

(1) Al Qaeda is an organization and also a movement. If some of the attacks on the list were not carried out by the organization, they were carried out by the movement.

(2) The Al Qaeda movement shows no signs of abating and the United States is not its only target. Yes, Osama Bin Laden is dead, but Ayman al-Zawahiri and Anwar al-Awlaki are not.

(3) Constant vigilance is the only effective defense, and even that is not going to be 100% effective. That's the reality even if it's not the kind of closure Americans crave.

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