In your opinion how would you measure “surpass the events of 9/11”?
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The initial attempt to topple the Twin Towers by Islamic radicals,
the release of toxic chemicals by a religious cult in the Tokyo subway
system, the bombing of the Oklahoma Federal Building by Christian white
supremacists, and the second more successful attack on the Twin Towers
on 9/11 are a far cry from the days of terrorism promoted by
nationalistic desires. Previously terrorism consisted of hijackings and
small suicide bombings. Unfortunately, the bar has been raised and the
motivation to surpass the success of 9/11 may be a factor in the desire
for certain terrorist groups to search out weapons of mass destruction.
When you look at Al-Qaeda, numerous “aligned” sub groups claim
affiliation with "Al-Qaeda", so they all in a sense have a different
capability to gain access to and use chemicals. If one of the larger AQ
affiliated groups were able to gain control over some chemicals, their
most likely use of them would be in a low yield explosive device to not
completely burn up the chemical. I would guess it to be similar to
pressure cooker bombs of Boston, just not in the US. It would be in an
area of western interest abroad like the Bali or Mumbai bombings. They
would look to disperse the agent across a wide area where many people
would be affected because of them being in a crowded outdoor / club
setting. I say abroad as there are still many places worldwide where
the security measures are not as they are in the US. At the same time
though, they are not as big a target as the US is really, but terrorist
look for that "soft" target. It is not that the chemicals are not out
there, so it is just a matter of time before one of these
countries become a failed state and the munitions are "less" secure than
they currently are.
Former Secretary of State Clinton during a global conference to
review the Biological Weapons Convention banning biological and toxic
weapons at the United Nations stated, “A crude but effective terrorist
weapon can be made by using a small sample of widely available
pathogens, inexpensive equipment and college-level chemistry and
biology” (Reuters 2007, np). That is a scary thought. No matter the
reason, it does go to show how easily a group with the finances and
right motivation can develop such deadly CBRN weapons and utilize them
as well. As Yamin points out, CBW’s not only are they, the poor man’s
choice of the WMD’s they are also easy to manufacture and deliver.
(Yamin 2013, p.1) As those methods become easier to develop internally
future attacks, utilizing chemical or biological agents could kill
scores. This would result in panic and loss of confidence in the
government and authorities fulfilling multiple goals of a group. As the
goals of groups and individuals change and evolve the threat of the use
of a CBRN weapon in furtherance of those goals, can and probably will
Reuters. 2007. Terror threat from biological weapons growing, warns Hillary Clinton. National Post. http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/12/07/biological-weapons-threat-growing-clinton-says/. (accessed August 8, 2013).
Yamin, Tughral. "Chemical and Biological Weapons: Positions, Prospects and Trends." Policy Perspectives 10, no. 1. (Jun 30, 2013) http://search.proquest.com.ezproxy2.apus.edu/docview/1314522351?accountid=8289. (accessed August 8, 2013).