Joel Mowbray

Not once have I had my bag checked.

Not once have I walked through a metal detector.

Taking the subway or commuter trains repeatedly in Chicago, DC, and New York, the vulnerabilities are instantly apparent.  Packed trains, little to no security, and in DC, multiple trains sometimes backed up one next to the other in a tunnel between stations.  It doesn?t take much imagination to fathom the havoc that could be all-too-easily wreaked.

Trains are inherently soft targets, and the only way to change that is to scrap the train service in the US as we know it. 

Which means you shouldn?t expect it anytime soon.

But it?s not like trains are the only high-profile soft targets.  This is why every expert says the question of another major attack in the US is one of ?when, not if.?

If Aznar?s Spain was a ripe al Qaeda target for punishment, imagine how bin Laden?s supporters must feel about George W. Bush.  President Bush ousted the Taliban, which had provided a base for al Qaeda?s operations, and then toppled Saddam, who had provided safe haven for any number of terrorists over the years.

By refusing to bend or bow in the face of evil, Bush has made himself a prime target for radical Islamic wrath.  That?s not to say that the answer is accommodation; we?ve tried that already. 

Terror didn?t stop after the Khobar Towers bombing in 1996, nor after the 1998 East Africa Embassy bombings.  And the U.S.S. Cole tragedy in 2000 was followed the next year by the worst attack in our history.

America has learned its lesson.  Let?s hope Spain doesn?t have to learn as we did.

Joel Mowbray

Joel Mowbray, who got his start with, is an award-winning investigative journalist, nationally-syndicated columnist and author of Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Threatens America's Security.

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