In 1973 Palestinian terrorists tried to detonate three car bombs in New York City. Al-Qaeda tried to blow up the World Trade Center, two tunnels, a bridge and the UN Headquarters in 1993 and flew two hijacked planes into the World Trade Center in 2001. In 2009 terrorists tried to blow up two synagogues in New York. In 2010 a car bomb failed to detonate in Times Square. Another terrorist plot in 2011 involved plans to blow up the Empire State Building, a church and a synagogue. And so on.
Why are terrorists so obsessed with New York?
Coincidentally, I have discovered who is behind the idea of blowing up New York. And it’s not Al-Qaeda or any other radical group. It’s someone of whom nobody would have assumed any connection to terrorism.
In his book On the Road, Jack Kerouac writes (part 2, chapter 2):
When daybreak came we were zooming through New Jersey with the great cloud of Metropolitan New York rising before us in the snowy distance. Dean had a sweater wrapped around his ears to keep warm. He said we were a band of Arabs coming in to blow up New York.
The scariest thing: On the Road was published in 1957. Eerily prophetic.