Grave and repeated warnings from top US security officials about the danger of terror attacks on the July 4 weekend were confirmed by what appears to this writer to be a coordinated series of attacks in virtually all major US cities. Many of the attacks used explosives as a distraction, and one of them was a suicide attack.
Ground zero for the carnage was Chicago, where nine people were shot and killed, and 46 wounded, some of them while watching explosive “fireworks” displays. A source close to the investigation (who does not want to be identified because of an aversion to ridicule) says the attackers appear to be affiliated with a group known as Illinois Students Independence Society, a shadowy organization that controls its militants with the Internet.
Chicago’s police superintendent convened a news conference at which he displayed scores of weapons confiscated from ISIS extremists and asked, “Isn’t it time we fixed this system? Isn’t it time we took down the Confederate flag?”
In New York City, one fiendish attacker threw an explosive into an NYPD police car, setting it afire. The suspect is thought to be one of a growing number of Unitarian extremists who have become radicalized by accidental Internet contact with the Federalist Papers.
Reporters could not get into Detroit to assess the situation there, but could hear heavy machine-gun and artillery fire through Saturday night. The city is thought to be in the hands of a cadre of hunters from northern Michigan organized by a used car salesman named Albert Caida. It’s known to law enforcement as Al Caida in the Upper Peninsula.
Al is a Unitarian. Need we say more?
The lone suicide attack took place in a small town in Maine, for reasons that remain a mystery. A young man who obviously had been spending too much time on the Internet while drinking placed a mortar tube on his head and fired it. Fortunately his aim was bad and no one was hurt. Unfortunately he was killed instantly. He is regarded as a leading contender for a posthumous Darwin Award.
Here is an incomplete list of the terror attacks executed in the United States in little over 48 hours this weekend:
- Chicago: Nine dead, 46 wounded in some 20 separate shooting attacks on Saturday and Sunday.
- Minneapolis: Five wounded in two shootings after bars closed early Sunday morning.
- Washington, DC: Two dead and three wounded in two separate attacks.
- Milwaukee: Four dead and two critical after five shooting incidents.
- Rock Hill, SC: Four dead in apparent murder-suicide.
- New York City: One dead, three wounded in four shootings.
- East Oakland: One dead, three wounded in three separate attacks.
- Louisville: Two dead, five injured.
- Syracuse: Ten shootings over the weekend (another early Monday) ten people wounded, one critical.
Time does not permit collation of the multiple single-victim attacks that occurred in other communities.
One can only hope that anyone who contemplates this list of carnage directed against the homeland will regret the cynicism that greeted the earnest prior warnings of our security establishment. [See, for example, “FBI and Media Still Addicted to Ginning Up Terrorist Hysteria — But They Have Never Been Right.”] This morning, with the pungent smell of cordite and black powder fogging the land, the men and women of our security apparatus stand as resolute as ever, shoulder to shoulder, their backs to the country, peering out to sea for the first glimpse of a jihadi.