Terrorists don't need WMD

Bloomington Herald Times, October 15, 2005

To the editor:

When al-Qaida terrorists took down the World Trade Center four years ago last month, it permanently seared into our minds the reality of how dangerous terrorism is.

What is important to remember four years later is that the 9/11 terrorists did not have a single weapon of mass destruction. Instead, they woke up on the morning of Sept. 11 with nothing more than box cutters and the knowledge of how to fly a passenger plane. They used the box cutters to turn our transportation infrastructure against us, destroyed the twin towers and seriously damaged the Pentagon. Had it not been for heroes on a fourth plane, they would have likely crashed into the White House as well.

Some would say that Saddam Hussein was not a threat because he did not have the stockpiles of WMD that our intelligence thought he had. What happened on Sept. 11 and the ruins of the twin towers should serve as a reminder that terrorists do not need WMD to be a threat.

The war on terror we are fighting is not new. We have been fighting this enemy for over three decades. What 9/11 did was force us to take this war seriously.

Scott Tibbs