Remember Al-Qaeda? They used to scare us a bit by hijacking planes and blowing themselves up. With their nasty activities, they have caused us quite some trouble.
Recently however, they seem to have experienced some problems of their own. Recruits have mostly not even managed to blow themselves up, let alone others. Instead, they have earned rather pathetic nicknames like the “shoe bomber” or – and this must be really embarrassing for a wannabe big-shot terrorist – the “underwear bomber“. Both managed to get burnt a bit, but that’s not enough to get you into paradise. The wannabe “Times Square bomber” not only managed to leave his car behind, but also enough information to reveal his identity which led to his arrest just minutes before leaving the country.
Apparently this has led to a new strategy: Al-Qaeda 2.0, realising that they cannot count on their followers, are now sending explosives to their intended destinations by air mail. We don’t know yet if these devices were destined to explode in mid-air (of course all government officials involved are stressing this possibility now, because a scared public will tolerate more restrictions of air travel) or if their idea was to explode once they had reached their intended recipient. The parcels were addressed to Jewish organisations in Chicago. I seriously doubt by the way, that a synagogue in Chicago would simply open a large parcel that will clearly indicate that it was mailed off in Yemen.
As Al-Qaeda seems to run out of suicide terrorists and/or has to operate on a seriously trimmed down budget, I wouldn’t be surprised to see “Do it Yourself Terror” as the next stage: Targets of Al-Qaeda’s hate will receive a parcel with explosives, a box of matches and instructions on how to detonate the package. I am wondering when I’ll receive mine in the mail…