August 29, 2006

Streets Of San Francisco

What is, what might be, what may yet come...

I have, since 9/11, at times worried about not what grand, spectacular attack may come to pass in the United States, but rather what easy, mass casualty attacks that don't require planning, explosives, training, merely someone willing to kill in the name of Allah.

When I heard about someone driving his SUV into people in San Francisco, my antennae went up immediately. Now at this point we are still discovering information - and I warned against jumping to conclusions ahead of the curve a full two weeks about Mr. Karr regarding the Ramsey killing. But this is one of the scenarios I feared. Turns out, with some digging, that the driver is one Mr. Omeed Aziz Popal - why his middle name is not spelled out like John Mark Karr's was for the infinite number of news stories is not known. This isn't the first run-in Omeed has had with the local constabulary. Ouch, first run-in, that was an unintended pun...

This could simply be a man driven to this (oh dear, another unintended pun, when did vehicular vernacularisms work their way so deeply into our lexicon?) by work, a girl, or something else. But my first reaction reading this is... another person who thinks God wants to him to kill us all. Now, mind you, Andrea Yates also apparently thought God wanted her to kill, so this doesn't have to be solely about religion.

But I am waiting. For terrorists to figure out they don't need a nuclear weapon, or a huge truck bomb - merely a huge truck. Ten committed men in ten trucks can kill 300 people in minutes. Go to a mall, or a theater, or a stadium, anywhere you see lines of people, and you are looking at a potential mass casualty attack with nothing more than a truck you can rent for $30 at Hertz.

I would hope to be wrong, but hoping to be wrong won't change the fate of those victims today, one of whom has already died. It won't matter why they are dead, what motivated their senseless demise is frankly important only to the living.

I will be watching with great interest what we hear, and what we are told, about this person...

UPDATE: Uh oh...

The SUV struck two people in front of the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco on California Street, a few blocks from where the rampage ended.

Beat my man at PT to the punch again. Plus, I have a better title...

Michelle Malkin also has a blog roundup...

Posted by MEC2 at August 29, 2006 07:17 PM
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