To the Editor:

At first I was puzzled by Al-Qaida’s endorsement of John McCain for president. After all, don’t they know that if they attacked us during a McCain presidency, he, a former military officer, would respond with swift and decisive action?  Why would they not want Obama to be president? Wouldn’t they be able to push America around more with an untested leader lacking military experience at the helm? It just didn’t make sense. Then I had an epiphany.


To the Editor:
At first I was puzzled by Al-Qaida’s endorsement of John McCain for president. After all, don’t they know that if they attacked us during a McCain presidency, he, a former military officer, would respond with swift and decisive action?  Why would they not want Obama to be president? Wouldn’t they be able to push America around more with an untested leader lacking military experience at the helm? It just didn’t make sense. Then I had an epiphany.   
In March 2004, an al-Qaida-inspired group bombed a train in Madrid, Spain, just days before their general election, killing a couple hundred people. Prior to the attack, Spain’s conservative party was in the lead, but the liberal candidate ended up winning. Spaniards believed that the terrorists targeted them in response to their participation in the Iraq War.
What I believe al-Qaida is doing now is trying to influence our election; after all, it worked in Spain. I have no doubt they are watching our politics very carefully. Any group that could pull off something as coordinated and vicious as 9-11 has to be very patient and calculating. They see that our liberal candidate is in the lead, but what probably has them a little nervous is that some of the polls show a tightening of that lead with still many undecided voters. No doubt they are also well aware that America’s liberal press is doing everything they can to get Obama elected. So, all al-Qaida has to do is employ a little reverse psychology. They come out saying that they are for McCain, the liberal press does their part by getting it out to us over and over, and the undecided voter thinks, “I can’t vote for McCain, because al-Qaida wants him to win!”
Unfortunately, many of you are falling for it. I think it would be prudent for us to listen to your vice-presidential candidate, Joe Biden. He said that if his ticket is elected, there would be a major crisis for the U.S. to deal with within the first six months of their administration. If you agree with Biden, then why do you want to take a chance on losing American lives at home just so an inexperienced president can be tested?
Leslie Chandler
Meeker