BETWEEN THE LINES: The next big thing

As an opinion columnist for The Tribune the past several years, I have received numerous emails and comments. Some are complimentary and encouraging (I like those), others not so much. Some readers on occasion have suggested certain topics or have given me ideas about which to write. I recently received one that perked my interest.

The email pertained to one Juval Aviv, an Israeli-born and -educated terrorist expert, who has recently predicted that a terrorist attack on America will occur in the next few months. It will not be with airplanes this time, but suicide bombers. The attack, Aviv says, will take place simultaneously in multiple locations where there will be a large gathering to make the greatest impact.

The forwarded email said Aviv was appointed by Golda Meir, the Israeli prime minister at the time, to track down the terrorists responsible for the killings at the Munich Olympics in 1972. However, the intelligence expert, who was born in 1947, would have been 25 at the time. That does not seem very probable.

My Internet research could not confirm Aviv warned the Bush administration in advance of Sept. 11, 2001, about terrorist attacks that would involve the use of airplanes hitting important buildings as the message sent to me indicated.

Although some information about Juval might not be entirely accurate, that fact should not allow us to discount his predictions, as he is a credible expert on terrorism. More than 11 years have passed since the disaster of 9/11 with no repeat performance. Americans, it seems, have short memories. As they say, “Out of sight, out of mind.”

How quickly did the feeling of unity, love of God and country evaporate? As a country, we are more polarized than ever.

Politicians and interest groups are largely responsible for this, as they constantly harp on differences between the rich vs. the poor, labor vs. business and white vs. minorities. Pitting one group against another has been a divisive force used on the political stage.

Americans should not overlook that our enemies, whether they are terrorists or not, know us better than we know them. Multiculturalism has disguised that there are elements of certain cultures who are evil and have no intent to peacefully co-exist. These people detest everything about American culture. It is their way or the highway, and they are prepared to back their beliefs with their lives.

God forbid a large-scale terrorist attack occurs, but it would be naïve for Americans to think such an event could not be pulled off. As Aviv accurately points out, our technology is outdated and grossly inferior to that of Israel.

If such an event were to occur, rest assured our government’s response would be more far reaching than its predecessor, the Patriot Act.


Laughlin is a Christian Libertarian. He is an economist, teacher, father, husband and most recently a grandfather. He has written a weekly column for The Tribune for 15 years. He and his wife Gina reside in Meadowlakes. To contact him, email He is an independent columnist, not a staff member, and his views do not necessarily reflect those of The Tribune or its parent company.

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