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Mexico plane flights to US cancelled for security reasons

Agent Sky Fallin of the FBI announced today that flights from Mexico to the US will be cancelled “until further notice”. This is due to an “alarming report of a possible terrorist” who made reference in an intercepted communication to “Montezuma’s Revenge”, which could signal a possible impending terrorist attack from Mexico.

In related news, Department of Homeland Security spokesperson Chick N. Lyttle said flights from “all countries are now considered suspect because  terrorists are people and people fly on planes”.

You’re not sure this is satire, are you? Yes, someday we may have more attacks. However the current bizarre system, with the colored alert levels, the steady barrage of warnings of possible impeding attacks, the ludicrous beware-of-people-carrying-almanacs FBI warning – well, they are not inspiring me with confidence in their abilities. Seems more like The Keystone Cops meet Dumb and Dumber.

Also, I find that this is front page news to be baffling. If you want to catch someone, why broadcast it to the media of the world? That’ll just make them go to ground, to be more cautious. It also occurs to me this could be a disinformation campaign launched by the other side(s) to baffle and confuse. Or, yes, to provide a diversion for a real attack. Wheels within wheels… 

The US government is currently hunting an adversary that it knows little about.  We’re not even sure who they are or where they are. All our huge resources and might, thus, are of little help. This is called asymmetric warfare, and is a hot topic in military circles.

A few pilots armed with Stanley knives launch an assault on the world’s only superpower, with its arsenal of nuclear weapons, cruise missiles, aircraft carriers, bombers equipped with state-of-the-art weapons and self-defence technology.

There is nothing new in asymmetric warfare. In the battle of Agincourt in 1415, English infantry armed with longbows crushed shining French knights on horseback. Excluding the shared American and Soviet cold war concept of MAD – mutually assured destruction – all warfare has been asymmetric, says Phillip Wilkinson of King’s College, London.

“The smaller power applies its strengths against the weaknesses of the larger power,” he said.

And, in this case, we have only a dim idea of who the smaller power is.