Recently, four people were arrested in a plot to attack the JFK airport in New York. If you thought America wasn't under attack (or still under attack), think again. The plot is just a month after Fort Dix bust in early May. These individuals also came from South America and the Caribbean, stressing that even though we have a mission to "fight the terrorists over there", referring to Iraq/Middle-East, we still have a threat from inspired terrorists. These terrorists take a religion and bastardize it to their ideology. Islamic extremism isn't going away any time soon, yet with strength in intelligence, like the recent successes of the FBI, we can stop attacks before they happen.
This JFK airport incident comes just a month after the Fort Dix plot was spoiled by the FBI. What's troubling is that, like the Fort Dix incident, these would be terrorists seem to have no connection to Al-Qaeda. Their focus was simply to cause as much hurt to the United States as possible. Fort Dix is a military installation, the JFK airport isn't; this JFK airport attack was intended to kill a large amount of civilians, like that of the 9/11 attacks. What is really troubling about this incident and the Fort Dix one is the independence of it. These individuals were planning on their own, trying to inflict their own blow to our nation. Islamic extremism is growing to an un-unified effort, with disorganization being an asset to the extremist's goal. Islamic extremism is now growing and its reaching our soil, in many respects by people we wouldn't suspect.
The members of this JFK airport plot came from South America and the Caribbean. One was even a former member in the Guyanese parliament. The attack the nation is facing is more than a region in Asia, it's an international ideological movement, reaching parts of the world many people would scratch their head at.
The incident proves that we as a nation still need to be worried about Islamic terrorism. Extremists are taking the peaceful religion of Islam and are converting it to their political absurdities. They act alone, not from a higher power, but by themselves. We as a nation need to band stronger to the Muslim community and help them speak out more on these people.
These plots and attacks they pursue shouldn't be forgotten, the WTC 1993 bombing to the JFK plot; each should be remembered. The people involved might not be connected, but they all have a common goal; to disrupt our everyday life. Most likely, you're not going to be killed in a terrorist attack, you're probably more likely to die from a car accident. But with every large attack, it causes hurt to our economy, in which all us will eventually feel. Investigation and intelligence gathering are key areas we need to focus on in order to stop this enemy.
We cannot stop at Osama, they certainly won't.