Is ISIS realy all that sophisticated? Maybe, but we’ve been here before and survived…

November 15, 2015

In my last post, although I opined that if ISIS indeed is a threat to the USA, then we need to act on our own and do what we can to defeat it (with any help welcome, of course). But I also wondered just how sophisticated the terrorists have to be to do the things they are doing.

Then I ran across this, which I have lifted from the site The Daily Kos:

By Mark Sumner

On June 2, eight large bombs detonated simultaneously in eight US cities. The bombs contained sizable amounts of high explosives and were jacketed with shrapnel intended to increase the number of victims. The bombs were accompanied by flyers that said “There will have to be murder: we will kill, because it is necessary; there will have to be destruction; we will destroy to rid the world of your tyrannical institutions.” Just a month earlier, 36 bombs were sent by mail to congressmen, judges, members of the cabinet, and state officials.  A year later, a large bomb went off outside a Wall Street bank, killing 38 and wounding over 140.

How can these things have happened without dominating our headlines? They happened in 1919 and 1920.

The culprits in the US bombing were “Galleanists,” a small group of anarchists—perhaps no more than a few dozen in total, perhaps even less—who followed Italian activist, Luigi Galleani. How could a small group, with extremely limited funding, launch simultaneous attacks on multiple targets in different cities? Answer: they had watches.

Attacks like those that happened in 1919—or this week in Paris—don’t require extensive planning, deep pockets, or a dark genius worthy of a James Bond film. They just require a small number of pissed off young men who want to hurt people. Even the watches are optional.

Am I saying “don’t bomb ISIS?” Nope. They’re awful people doing awful things. Bomb away. Just don’t get it in your head that it either takes some massive organization to plan this sort of assault, or that going after guys who control a few towns along a stretch of road on the border of Syria and Iraq, will resolve a problem among disaffected and unemployed young men half a world away.


And back to my own words: I in no way underestimate the threat of ISIS and other associated or like groups, and I do believe we have to step up to the plate now and do whatever needs to be done and quit drawing lines in the sand and then stepping back, but at the same time, the material from the Daily Kos is food for thought.

It will take cooler heads and people with a stronger reasoning power than the bellicose Donald Trump, who by the by, was not available when his country called for military service. The Chicken hawks strike again.


My quick check on the web indicated that Mr. Trump avoided the Vietnam draft by both college deferments and possibly a medical condition at one point. That would not necessarily make him a draft dodger (if all was on the up and up). I myself served in the U.S. Army, active duty, 1968 to 1971, but I went to Germany not Vietnam. And I have no beef with people just because they avoided Vietnam (a foreign policy and human disaster for the U.S.). My beef is with those who did not serve but are quick to flex military muscle and let others do the job. Prior military service of course is not a prerequisite to be president, nor should it be, and the framers of the Constitution wisely provided that the military be under civilian control. Even, so, I’m just saying…