"British authorities said the plan envisioned bringing down a number of aircraft with midflight explosions. [Homeland Security Chief Michael] Chertoff said the terrorists planned to bring various bomb components in a benign state aboard the planes and combine them once the planes were aloft to create and detonate explosive devices. Terrorists specifically had targeted United, American and Continental airlines, two U.S. counterterrorism officials said. One said the terrorists had hoped to target flights to major airports in New York, Washington and California, all major summer tourist destinations."
We've spent a lot of time and vitriol in recent days at this blog debating whether terrorists are misguided or misunderstood. Today's news doesn't really favor the apologists who want to blame the United States and Israel (and apparently the U.K.) for the woes of the Middle East. If this terror plot proves to be at least as horrific as early reports suggest, it'll be a terribly hard sell to convince common Americans that Islamic fascists -- the mufsidun and fattan -- don't want to kill ordinary, innocent civilians to make their twisted point. The prospect of seeing dead American babies floating in the mid-Atlantic also will dull the horror of dead Lebanese children in the rubble of Beirut or dead Israeli kids in Haifa or dead Iraqi babies. God help us when we become anaesthetized to dead children. Then we'll be no better than the terrorists.