Now that the annual excitement of Punxsutawney Phil is over after Phil made his shadowy prediction that we will have an early spring and then returned to his groundhog burrow and the good folk in Punxsutawney, PA turn their thoughts to more important events such as the Steelers winning the Super Bowl, it might be worthwhile to consider another prediction. 

The other prediction isn’t new.  It’s been made repeatedly in one form or another by various sources but, although it involves far more dire consequences than when spring will arrive, this prediction receives far less attention than does a woodchuck. 

in a nuclear weapon or a   The Vancouver Sun has reported that, “Al-Qaida is on the verge of producing radioactive weapons after sourcing nuclear material and recruiting rogue scientists to build ‘dirty’ bombs, according to leaked diplomatic documents.  A leading atomic regulator has privately warned that the world stands on the brink of a ‘nuclear 9/11.’ “ 

Now, some will say that that report isn’t real news, and it isn’t since America and the rest of the world has heard over the last six months similar reports, of terrorist internet “chatter,” of Islamic plots against the West foiled and in progress, of various alerts and warnings.  It’s almost as if we’re being prepped for a catastrophic “nuclear 9/11″ which our president has already said we could withstand and still be just hunky dorey. 

The Sun article does add somewhat to that old news.  In its article, “Al-Qaida on Brink of Using Nuclear Bomb,” it reveals that among those tens of thousands of classified American cables made public by Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks are documents which “detail the international struggle to stop the spread of weapons-grade nuclear, chemical and biological material around the globe:” http://tiny.cc/lb1kn 

Whatever one thinks of the anti-American Assange or of WikiLeaks, no one has ever contested the accuracy of the leaked documents and, based on the latest revelations, no one can have any doubt that the world’s leaders are deeply concerned over the nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons threat posed by Islamic militants. 

The when, where, and how relating to the delivery of those weapons to their chosen targets, whether it will be tomorrow or next week or next month, whether those targets will be New York or Paris or London, whether the weapons will be transported via cargo ships or airplanes or in suitcases, is still unclear. 

What is too vividly clear is that our enemy is determined, committed, and dedicated to wreaking havoc on the Western World.  With the current chaos in Egypt, Al-Qaida and the Muslim Brotherhood could very well figure this is a perfectly opportune time to demonstrate to the West that their designs are not simply on Egypt. 

Meanwhile, what are we doing to prevent the imminent catastrophe?  Why, we’re sending cables to our allies about the threat.  That’s about it, aside from pretending our airports, seaports, and cities are secure and our government posting insane notices on how to duck and cover in a nuclear attack, the first of which is to “Keep clear of all windows:” http://tiny.cc/3kciu    

The inmates are running America’s asylum.  Punxsutawney Phil can hide in his comfy burrow.  Where do the rest of us hide?