The bomb blast that rocked the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan Saturday night shows once again how vulnerable Western society is to terrorist attacks. With 29 wounded and the suspects still on the loose, ISIS wasted n time praising the boming on Twitter.
“The lions of the Caliphate roar in New York, we cause you pain inside your house, the carrier of the Cross,” wrote one Twitter user who went by the name “I am ISIS, come and block me.”
“Oh God burn America, take revenge in the name of your oppressed slaves and believers’ blood,” wrote another.
Whether or not ISIS actually carried out the attack, the bomb blast raises some important questions about home grown terrorism, with the most important being how the America’s security services plans on preventing further attacks.
The fact is and it has been clear for a while, that America does far better against organized terrorism than lone wolf or homegrown terrorism. There really isn’t anyway to stop these sorts of atacks other than creating a surveilance system for America’s mosques, which no one is prepared to do.
The question for the investigators of the Chelsea bombing isn’t whether it is connected to similar incidents across the tri-state over the wekend, but what are they going to do to prevent the next bombing, which may not spare the lives this one did.