In recent days there have been SHOCKING reports from ‘informed sources’ who study ‘terror chatter’ on the internet that the Eiffel Tower may be next on Al Qaida’s list.
The French have reacted with remarkable sang-froid, deciding not to shut down their national capital or round up every Muslim within 150 kilometres. They seem to be shrugging off the PANIC.
The Eiffel Tower: Al Qaida could drop it in ten seconds flat, using only fire and malice
Apparently, it’s still possible to take the lift to the top of the famous French monument, just like in the old days. Tourists still go up there, snapping cameras like ordinary folk enjoying themselves on a normal day.
Seemingly, they are unconcerned about the fact there’s an ELEVATED TERROR ALERT.
I admire them, but they have more guts than me. Nothing would pursuade me to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower if Al Qaida is out on the rampage. That’s because I’ve seen what Al Qaida did less than 10 years ago. Unlike the happy-go-lucky tourists and blasé Parisians, I haven’t forgotten so quickly.
It’s not just that Al Qaida operatives, armed only with box-cutters, have the ability to commandeer commercial jumbo-jets then fly them with precision into buildings such as the Eiffel Tower.
I could live with that threat – just.
If it happened, it would be unpleasant of course. The aluminium aeroplane would shake the building – but the Eiffel Tower’s solid steel frame would certainly withstand the impact. If the plane hit where I happened to be at the time, that would be curtains. With luck, it wouldn’t. I’d expect a scary time – but before too long helicopters would be taking survivors off the Eiffel Tower. I’d expect to be shaken but alive. And I’d have saleable photos…
WTC-7 in freefall on 9-11... it was made of steel with concrete
No – it’s not Al Qaida’s aeronautical skills that bother me so much. It’s their powers as alchemists. Unlike modern chemists, those religious fanatics can start ordinary fuel fires that melt solid steel. No other people in human history have managed that trick. It makes them really, really DANGEROUS.
If Al Qaida attacked the Eiffel Tower, they might not even bother to use a hijacked plane. They might just ‘pull it’ – like Building 7 in the World Trade Centre.
One moment I might be on a platform in the Eiffel Tower, snacking on a baguette. Within ten seconds, Al Qaida could turn the entire structure into a molten blob on the ground.
That’s way too risky for me. I think I’ll stay home in Australia and go shopping instead.
There’s a nice safe Westfield shopping centre nearby.