From a Worldwide Caution update just issued by the US State Department.
“Extremists may elect to use conventional or non-conventional weapons, and target both official and private interests. Examples of such targets include high-profile sporting events, residential areas, business offices, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, schools, public areas, shopping malls, and other tourist destinations both in the United States and abroad where U.S. citizens gather in large numbers, including during holidays.”
The underlining is mine and simply serves to emphasize the point…Americans are prime targets and are not safe from attack anywhere in the world, even in the United States itself.
Will the warning be effective? I don’t know, but I do know it would have been much more honest and accurate if the word Islamist was substituted for the word extremist wherever it appears in the warning and that such honesty and accuracy would make Americans far safer because they would have a much clearer picture of those who wish to do them harm. Al-Qaeda and its affiliates are mentioned several times in the warning and they are after all Islamists…using the word extremist instead of Islamist is dishonest, disingenuous and dangerous because it doesn’t tell Americans who to look for, who really wants to maim and murder them in the name of Islam, which justifies, sanctions, legitimizes, mandates and rewards their activities in the first place.
Acting in the name of Islam.
So the State Department saw fit to warn Americans.
Too bad it wasn’t entirely honest with them.
Oh well, at least they were warned.