«(...) The shooting on November 5th at the Fort Hood Army post in Texas may indicate similar attacks to come. The shooter carried out an attack on specifically outbound soldiers for deployment at the Soldier Readiness Center. Maj. Malik Nadal Hasan was raised as a Muslim and was opposed to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The fact that he chose to kill or maim over forty U.S. soldiers rather than go to war against Muslim jihadists is indicative of another motive. Explaining away this massacre as a conflict of conscience seems an oxymoron. Looking past the incident as a singular event, you'll find a very different possible reason for the attack.
According to a November 4th Stratfor report, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) leader Nasir al-Wahayshi wrote an article last week in an online magazine, Sada al-Malahim (The Echo of the Battle). In it he called for jihadists to conduct easy attacks on targets in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen, as well as in Western nations "at war with Islam." They were to use easily accessible weapons and explosives and to not "waste a lot of time finding the materials."
Terror cells aren't the only form of recent jihadist activity, and roadside IEDs* aren't the only form of explosives for these new attacks. In Nasir al-Wahayshi's article last week, he cited an incident a few weeks ago where an assassin wore a small IED in his anal cavity to attack Saudi Deputy Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef. This was a new and unexpected form of suicide bombing. It was unsuccessful in killing the target, only slightly injuring him, but the method proved effective against detection.
Also in the article, al-Wahayshi mentioned a specific amount of explosives that could be made from household items, suggesting similar IEDs could be improvised. Grassroots jihadists may also be interpreting attacks to be suicide bombings on individual targets as well as in specific geographical locations.
Whether Maj. Malik Nadal Hasan acted out of insanity or some bizarre moral dilemma, he conducted an attack of a terrorist nature on U.S. soil. Americans need to become more vigilant, as we are more vulnerable to attack from jihadists now than ever.
Terror cells will be even harder to prevent, as new grassroots jihadists do not need to communicate directly with a central authority. They now get their information from websites and take cues from leadership messages published on them. There will be less chatter to monitor because these groups will find each other locally and keep their operations small and low-key.
Now is the time for our current government to become proactive in thwarting terrorist plots. Being reactionary just won't cut it anymore. The fact that the Obama Administration renamed the "War on Terror" to the "Overseas Contingency Plan" highlights just how off-base they are on the threat our country now faces. (...)»