1. About 2 weeks ago, a major oil well controlled by British Petroleum exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. The spill is extensive and the economic and ecological damage is already significant. The cause of the explosion is still undetermined.
2. On Saturday night in Times Square, the heart of New York City and an area often called the "Crossroads of the World," a car bomb was discovered and disabled. If it had gone off as intended, it would have killed and wounded perhaps hundreds of people. The investigation is ongoing, but the White House is now classifying this as an act of 'terror," and reports indicate that national security and law enforcement investigators believe this is part of an international terror plot.
Here's what we don't know but should be thinking about:
1. Several weeks ago, President Obama announced a new commitment to offshore oil drilling and exploration. Although the plans were weak and limited, many environmental groups went bananas. Could an eco-terror group have carried out the explosion? Oil is critical to our national security. Could the explosion have been carried out by international terrorists seeking to destabilize our oil supply, economy, and government?
2. Many people have commented that the bomb in Times Square was "rudimentary," "unsophisticated," and although dangerous and potentially deadly, not the kind of weapon one would expect from al Qaeda or the Taliban (which is claiming "credit" for it.) But perhaps the bomb wasn't meant to go off. Perhaps the bomb was placed there for another reason. Perhaps the bomb was rigged not to go off, but to smoke and idle, as it did. Why? Because perhaps this was a test run. Perhaps the terrorists have a bigger plot in mind but need additional information: about how police react, how fast they respond and where, how crowds move through Times Square and other dense areas, how traffic gets diverted, how citizens respond, where they go and how panicked they become. Perhaps this wasn't the actual attack at all but a head fake. Perhaps this was the probing operation that just gave the terrorists a lot of new information.
Worth thinking about.