The extent and imminence of the threat to America’s schoolchildren is not clear, since the Department of Homeland Security releases very little information on the topic to the general public. Not only that, what it does release tends to induce skepticism in all but the most feeble-minded of citizens. No incident perpetrated by a Muslim or Muslims, no matter how violent and deadly, is ever considered to have any connection to “terrorism”.
Yup. Uh-huh. Now go ahead and pull the other one.
In the absence of thorough and credible information, rumors and theories flourish. One of these theories is that of the “Perfect Day”, which posits that Al Qaeda is planning hundreds of simultaneous Beslans for America’s schoolchildren, and that it’s only a matter of time before their plan is executed.
The evidence cited to support the theory includes:
- The discovery of floor plans and emergency planning documents for America schools in terrorist hideouts in Iraq.
- The disappearance (or bureaucratic misplacement) of seventeen school buses in Houston.
- The recent “dry run” by two Muslim men with a school bus in Florida.
- The publicly-released statements of Al Qaeda leaders.
Last month Glenn Beck did a series of TV reports on the “Perfect Day”. Below are four ten-minute video segments of his reports:
Watching these reports will give even the most cynical and skeptical of parents pause, especially if they have a child in a large public school in a major metropolitan area.
If an American Beslan should ever occur, would our authorities be any better prepared than their Russian counterparts were in 2004?
Are they still operating on the 9-10 model of hostage-taking? Will they propose careful talk and negotiations with the aim of persuading the hostage-takers to release their charges without harm?
Or are they aware of the overwhelming likelihood that — as Mr. Beck points out repeatedly in these videos — that the terrorists who execute such a plan will have no intention of living through their operation?
The Muslim fanatics who murdered all those children in Beslan planned their operation carefully. They were cold-blooded and rational in the pursuit of their insane goal, which was to die in the process of killing as many helpless infidels as possible while generating as much publicity as possible.
Mr. Beck is certainly correct when he asserts that after one or more Beslans here in the USA the ground rules for our dealings with Muslims will change drastically. The reign of political correctness will come to an abrupt end, and we will be fortunate if “people of Middle Eastern appearance” are not strung up from lampposts.
Glenn Beck thinks that this is just what the Islamic zealots want, that generating a massive violent reaction will play right into their hands and inaugurate the holy war that they have been longing for. He calls on his fellow Americans not to give them the result they’re seeking.
But, assuming that he is right, would this in fact be a sound strategic move for Al Qaeda?
Would their propaganda victory be that useful for them if it could no longer play it to their advantage amongst all those millions of American bleeding hearts?
Killing off PC in the USA would be the beginning of the end for Al Qaeda. After that, not even George W. Bush could persuade his fellow Americans that “Islam is Peace”.
Hat tip: Steen.