Department of Homeland Security Director Michael Chertoff has certainly distinguished himself in public service. Following a brilliant career modeling for Iron Maiden album covers, he is best known today for the heckuva job he and Michael Brown did coordinating the Hurricane Katrina rescue effort, which went so swimmingly.
Today, on CNN's American Morning, he continued in that fine tradition with this statement regarding the announced disruption of a terror plot in Britain :
"It's not clear when this was going to be implemented ... but we are coming up on the fifth anniversary of 9/11. They do want to make a big statement." [Chertoff] said on CNN's "American Morning."
So the anniversary's coming up, eh? Well, there's no doubt in my mind that somebody wants to make a big production out of that. But I wonder how important our western anniversary dates are to islamic fundamentalist radicals. Let's dig deeper.
The Muslim world uses a different calendar than the one used in our culture. Our Gregorian calendar, as we all know, is based on the earth's travel around the sun and has 365 days. The Islamic calendar, by contrast, is based on phases of the moon and has 354 days.
Today, for example is
Exactly one year ago by our calendar it was also August 10 but that same day on the Islamic calendar was 5 Rajab 1426.
Extending this analysis into 9/11,
This year our
The Islamic anniversary of 9/11, 23 Jumada Al-Akhirah, translates to our calendar this year as
As time goes by the Islamic anniversary date will continue to diverge by roughly 11 days per year from our calendar anniversary of September 11th. The moral of our story?
And what of the terror plot itself, you ask? I'll take a wait-and-see approach on that one. I've seen too many big announcements about supposed major terror plots fizzle out and devolve into utter ridiculousness. The recent hype surrounding Haitian and Dominican "Al Qaeda" group in Miami is only the latest such circus to jade my view. Maybe I'll write a post sometime soon dealing with the whole series of such government-sponsored hoaxes to which we have been subjected. In the meantime, I'll simply reserve judgement on this latest news as more facts become available. Time answers all questions.