I woke up this morning at 6:30 AM, only to learn via CBS that several Muslim terrorists were just arrested in the United Kingdom for planning a series of attacks on several commercial flights leaving Heathrow airport en route to the United States. My mind, fuzzy from sleep, completely cleared about 30 seconds into this newscast.
Britain's Home Secretary John Reid told the Associated Press that 21 suspects were arrested in London and its surrounding areas around 4:00 AM today, local time. Apparently, these individuals hoped to board several aircraft bound for popular U.S. tourist destination cities and blow them to smithereens with some liquid-based explosive device mid-flight.
British authorities believe the suspects are “homegrown,” although Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff believes the plan stinks of al-Qaida.
As if the mention of our favorite religious cult didn’t spark enough alarm, a U.S. counterterrorism official told the Associated Press that "[the suspects] were not yet sitting on an airplane, but [they] were very close to traveling[.]”
Most flights coming into and leaving Heathrow have been canceled. As of this writing, Paris has offered its own runways should London elect to divert inbound flights already in transit. Thank goodness we dodged this one — hopefully.
I’m seriously reconsidering my flight to Las Vegas next week. Officials believe many more terrorists are involved in this plot, and we still don’t know how far-reaching it is. Although I’m departing from a rather insignificant airport that routes only domestic flights, I’m plagued with disturbing images of my plane crashing to Earth in a fiery ball of twisted metal and jet fuel. However, I’m trying my best to focus my mind elsewhere; fear is what these would-be “holy” warriors are aiming for. Positive thoughts are the best salve for fear.
The British authorities did a superb job nailing the terrorists before they got the chance to show Allah how wonderful they were. The rest of the world, especially the United States, owes them their gratitude.
We also owe our special thanks to Allah for his grace and divine intervention. I’m sure he smiled down on the arresting officers, breathing a sigh of relief, as they corralled 21 of his problem children. With those nasty little brats out of his hair for now, he can hopefully help us rein in more of his wayward sons.