Dressing The Responsibility Jacket on San Bernardino Attack.
As I am writing this analysis and listening to Luciano Pavarotti’s “vestí la giubba”, I decided to title it Dressing The Responsibility Jacket, in reference to who will take the responsibility for what had happened in San Bernardino terrorist attack.
On November 26, 2015 the State Department issued a worldwide alert to all U.S. citizens citing that” a continuing threat from unaffiliated persons planning attacks inspired by major terrorist organizations but conducted on an individual basis….” therefore”…U.S. citizens should exercise vigilance when in public places or using transportation. Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid large crowds or crowded places. Exercise particular caution during the holiday season and at holiday festivals or events…”
The alert of an imminent attack came specifically from the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. And although it specified an attack on U.S. citizens in Afghanistan, the department saw it necessary to expend it worldwide.
Here’s where I think some analyst, somewhere in some office, behind some desk, missed to link the dots. The terrorist couple who attacked the IRC are both of Pakistani origin. The terror alert came from Afghanistan, where many Pakistani intelligence operators are present. We then can assume the tip about the imminent attack came from them, or from someone who knew a Pakistani-either a national or of Pakistani origin-would conduct the attack. Then later, we learned that one of the assailants used social media to contact extremists watched by the FBI for having links to terrorism.
What did we learn from Paris attacks?
Paris attacks taught us that the attacks came sequentially. First, the Charlie Hebdo attack. Then the kosher market attack. Followed by the idiot who called 911 after shooting his leg. Then the decapitation of the Frenchman at a factory near Lyon. Then the failed Thalys train attempt. Consequently, one can only deduct from these attacks, that they were training grounds for terrorists for, which later became, the well coordinated Paris attacks. Moreover, it is important to note that between these events, many break-in attempts to steal explosives from French army barracks had occurred…. and one was successfully executed.
The writing is on the wall. Terrorist organizations had already urged their cells and lone wolves to attack the west. Yet some countries did not take them seriously. Case in point, our partners at @LibyaWatch_org translated and analyzed a video from daesh on June 23, 2015, and alerted the international community, but we know what happened afterwards.
My point is this. If we keep trying to find out the motives behind San Bernardino attack, we will get stuck. Because the terrorists could have planned the attack as a training ground for a well coordinated future major attack on a U.S. city. <God forbids>