My position as a Sr. International Security Specialist aside, because it does not take a fancy title to see that if they plan 7 to 10 attacks and nearly all of them fail, the odds are they will have at least one successful catastrophic attack. This is nothing new. Frankly, I would be surprised if they only tried one attack.
Look at 9-11. Out of the few simultaneous attacks, only one got stopped- and that because people on site were courageous enough to take action. They know we are better prepared now, so they will probably up the stakes!
No matter how brainwashed and stupid the enemy is, we must not underestimate their ability to plan and coordinate. To illustrate this- any idiot can coordinate meetings. It happens in offices all across the nation every day! Most of these meetings, as you probably know from personal experience, are fruitless- but every now and then someone actually spurs a plan into action. Now, if that illustration helps, imagine a bunch of idiots meeting and plotting to kill as many people as possible. It's a lot easier to plan to kill people, especially if you are planning on and hoping to die in the process, than it is to plan to keep people safe.
So, not only are the terrorists planning these things, they've got the easier job! Lets not make it any easier for them by ignoring the threat!
Not to beat a dead horse, but far too many people seem lulled into complacency and apathy, and expect someone else to do the work to keep them safe! NOBODY can keep you safe but you. Police generally investigate crimes AFTER the fact, and are generally not there to stop crime before it happens. Guess who that leaves looking out for you and your loved ones? Unless you are planning on throwing yourself on the mercy of terrorists, or expect a stranger to save you, you are on your own.
This means being educated AND prepared for anything. Yes, it is burdensome trying to stock-up and prepare for a war, but that is our duty as American citizens. Never forget the generations before us who did that very thing and fought and died for freedom. The threats today are even more severe.
We can not bury our heads in the sand any longer and pretend we are safe. I am not saying live in fear- quite the contrary! Rest assured that by being educated and preparing for a disaster you can be calm in the eye of the storm.
Yes, there are thousands of people world-wide fighting terror and doing their best, but the nature of insurgency is to exploit gaps in security. Believe me, there are FAR too many gaps, but even if there were not, we should still be ever vigilant- as that is the price of freedom.
Budget for and buy emergency supplies, have a plan, and discuss it with your loved ones. Know what to do when disaster strikes and you will be ahead of the game. The recent large-scale natural disasters clearly show that the gov't is not prepared to take care of you. That never has been their job anyway. Now imagine how frantically they would be scrambling in multiple attacks that would make Katrina look like a walk in the park... Chaos will run rampant and help might be weeks away if it can come at all- so plan now!