The risk of another 9/11-style terrorist attack has been heightened following the West’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, the head of MI5 has warned. Ken McCallum, director-general of the Security Service, said there was “no doubt” that events in the country will have “heartened and emboldened” extremists. McCallum said that in addition to giving a “morale boost” to potential terrorists in Britain or elsewhere, there was a concern that they would be able to regroup and plot sophisticated attacks. In an interview on the eve of the anniversary of the attacks on America on September 11, 2001, he told Today on Radio 4:
“The big concern flowing from Afghanistan, alongside the immediate inspirational effect, is the risk that terrorists reconstitute and once again pose us more in the way of well-developed sophisticated plots of the sort that we faced in 9/11 and the years thereafter.”
MI5, working with the police, has foiled 31 late-stage terrorist plots in Britain in the past four years, many of which were linked to Islamist extremists.
On September 11th 2021 we entered what the White House called “The age of terror”. And so began the “war on terror”.
Jesus spoke of this time when he said that before he returned to the earth a key sign would be “men’s hearts failing them for fear.” The word “fear” is the Greek word “phobos” from where we get “phobias” of different kinds. But it actually means “terror”. In fact modern versions translate it as such.
A 3 year national study in America found that “Acute stress responses to the 9/11 attacks were associated with a 53% increased incidence of cardiovascular ailments over the 3 subsequent years.” In other words “men’s hearts began to fail them for terror.” Twenty years later we are being warned that it could be about to start again.. And it will….
upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 9/11 was only a foretaste of the time of trouble… (Luke 21:25-27)