Teaching, Tots & Terror
The FBI recently sent an “informational bulletin” to state and local police alerting them to the potential threat of "foreign extremists" trying to obtain school bus drivers licenses. No plots were revealed and no immediate threat was noted, which of course caused a frenzy of speculation and concern among both the recipients of the bulletin and the family members of any potential victims of a school-related attack.
The FBI was right to act out of “an abundance of caution” but wrong to suggest that there was nothing to worry about. Setting aside for a moment the Bureau’s substandard performance when it comes to domestic intelligence, consider that just yesterday Islamist insurgents set fire to a school in Thailand as a way to draw out and then attack local police forces, and it was only two years ago that Muslim terrorists took control of a school in Beslan, Russia that resulted in nearly 200 dead children. Domestically, the aberration that was supposed to be the Columbine Massacre has become all too common with similar attacks occurring recently in Colorado, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and elsewhere.
A terrorist attack on a school in the US is a very strategic move due to the importance we place on the lives of our children. As events yesterday in Iraq demonstrate our enemies do not hold children in the same high regard. The reported lack of knowledge of a specific plot asks us to ignore both our inability to assess the domestic terrorist threat and a growing body of evidence that shows schools as viable if not preferred targets.