The Non-Surprising Attempt to Bomb Chicago Synagogues

By Jeffrey Goldberg

More on this later, but the only surprising aspect  -- and obviously this is a pleasantly surprising aspect -- of the attempt to mail-bomb two Chicago-area synagogues is that the bombs were discovered so far from Chicago, one in Dubai and one in England. People were paying attention, obviously, at the shipping hubs. One other obvious point that needs to be made, especially to any of you who are involved in running synagogues -- there may be more bombs that slipped through. Please pay attention in the coming days.

What is not surprising at all is that the people -- presumably, though we shouldn't assume for certain, Qaeda-affiliated terrorists -- who manufactured these bomb are fundamentally annihilationist in outlook, meaning that they have as a primary goal the killing of Jews, everywhere. This shouldn't be a controversial conclusion to make, but there are many people out there who believe that al Qaeda and its fellow travelers are angry over settlements. They are not. They are angry over the continued existence of Jews. 

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