Thursday, November 10, 2005

Update From Jordan

The bombings in Jordan are officially not just a foreign affair:
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) - At least one American was among the 56 people killed by suicide bombers in attacks on three U.S.-based hotels Wednesday night, a U.S. Embassy official said Thursday. At least two other Americans were wounded. The victims were not identified.
If anyone was skeptical about why we should be concerned about al-Qaida's attacks on the rest of the world, they should now understand one reason why.

There are Americans abroad who can be killed by terrorist attacks just as easily as the members of the countries that they are visiting. In a lot of cases, these Americans, or "westerners" in general, are even more susceptible to being victims of terrorism. Al-Qaida routinely targets hotspots of western influence, either in culture or physical presence. Consider al-Qaida's reasoning for its attack on Jordan:
The al-Qaida claim [that it was responsible for the bombings] said Jordan was a target because it was "a backyard garden for the enemies of the religion, Jews and crusaders ... a filthy place for the traitors ... and a center for prostitution." Its authenticity could not be independently verified, but it appeared on an Islamic Web site that is a clearinghouse for statements by militant groups.

The claim said the attacks put the United States on notice that the "backyard camp for the crusader army is now in the range of fire of the holy warriors."

The hotels, frequented by Israelis and Americans among other foreign guests, have long been on al-Qaida's hit list.
The holy-war is against the west, and these radical Islamists will continue to try to intimidate us with malicious attacks on civilians. Nations that harbor terrorists only make it easier for al-Qaida and other terror networks to continue with these kinds of tactics. Any such footholds in foreign countris are threating to the United States.

This is simply another reason as to why it matters that we fight an agressive, pre-emptive war on terrorism. The president further illustrated this point in his speech condemning the attacks.