On 17 June 2005 I posted this at dKos and this at my site. In these posts I warned of a pending attack within 3 weeks. I and others were right. So why is everyone saying we had no warning of this attack in London?
I point you to an MSNBC article from the 17th.
The four occasions where an al-Zawahri statement was most closely followed by an attack were:
- On Aug. 6, 1998, Zawahri sent a statement to a London-based Arabic newspaper saying: “We are interested in briefly telling the Americans that their messages have been received and that the response, which we hope they will read carefully, is being readied.” The next day, suicide bombers blew up U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, killing more than 220 people. Al-Qaida took responsibility for the attacks.
- On Oct. 9, 2002, a Zawahri tape threatened attacks on the United States, its economy and allies. “I promise you that the Islamic youth are preparing for you what will fill your hearts with horror…” Three days later, bombs destroyed a Bali nightclub leaving more than 200 people, mostly westerners, dead. Officials in the U.S., Australia and Indonesia later said al-Qaida financed the attack.
- In an Oct. 1, 2004, radio address, Zawahri called on Muslims worldwide to help in the Palestinian struggle. Six days later, al-Qaida attacked three Egyptian tourist resorts frequented by Israelis on the Sinai Peninsula, killing 34 people, about half of them Israelis.
- On Nov. 29, 2004, Zawahri issued a video statement promising Americans that Muslims will continue to attack them unless the United States changes its policies against Islam. He said that the U.S. invasion of Baghdad is only the beginning of the American occupation, and warned that it would spread to other countries. On the morning of Dec. 6, armed Jihadists attacked the U.S. consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, killing eight and wounding 15 others.
I know that the focus of al Zawahri’s video was on democratic reform in the Mid East and the possible attack(s) sounded like they would be aimed at Mid East nations such as Egypt. However I think there is a link between these video releases that needs to be accounted for and those who overlooked it held accountable.