It doesn’t seem possible that a Wichita avionics technician would consider himself some kind of Islamic terrorist and try to explode a big bomb at Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport. But that’s just what the F-B-I alleges that 58-year-old Terry Lee Loewen intended to do … and to kill himself in the process.
Turns out Loewen was allegedly plotting with F-B-I undercover agents. The public was never in any danger because the F-B-I was controlling the entire misguided effort.
Of course, we saw a home-grown terror attack in Oklahoma City several years ago with a Kansas connection. But when I think of terrorism, I don’t often consider Kansas or Wichita in that context.
Authorities were quick to point out the suspect had no actual connection with Islam, and local Islam clerics backed them up. They reportedly never heard of the guy.
Whatever his motivation, it appears the suspect was prepared to go ahead with the plot.
Thanks, investigators, for putting this threat to rest.
Our thought for today is from George W. Bush:
“Every nation in every region now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.”