DISCLAIMER: this is analysis, not a some sick hope for disaster.
suspend ethics and morality and i think we can all agree that the terrorists were fully satisfied with their attacks on 9/11. to be honest, i don't think things could have gone any more perfect for them. we rallied rather quickly thanks to w's speech writers and a lot of american flags, but for the most part, 9/11 instilled a sense of sheer terror. not only that, but there continues to be a stagnance of foul tasting paranoia.
trust me, there will be more attempts, none of us can deny that - if you do then you are a fool. the question is, what will be the next objective for destiny seeking terrorists? i think the phsyical and very tangible (don't forget representative) twin towers were a way of establishing themselves as a force to be reckoned with. the problem is they didn't realize that it isn't our buildings and our strong metropolises that we're trying to safeguard, its our lives. terrorists see america as a physical establishment, something that can be touched. they want to destroy what is single handedly taking over the world - they see america as disease and they have to find the key to breaking it down. our establishment can be forced to collapse in two ways: destroy the system or destroy the people. they are interchangable and bianary, destroy one and the other goes down. the question is, do we know which of these it is that terrorists are trying to destroy?
if the primary goal is to destroy the backbone of america, shouldn't the road taken be the most efficient. so which one is it?
i ask this because it is important in determining the future targets. if its the system then the object will be to destroy the stock market or the trade ports, energy sources and supply lines, banks, social supports, federal processes, transportation, etc.
you blow up superbowl stadiums, time square, central park summer concert crowds, marthon starting lines, college graduations, 4th of july fireworks celebrations, etc
you have to question the intentions and motives of terrorists. is it efficiency? or is it intentional cruelty?
if the terrorists want american people to suffer, then the objective is to kill as many people as possible. the imminence of terrorist threat finds its personal attack in the infectious fear of it reaching the individual. forget monuments as the architectural heart and soul, the goal is to show the people that they can be reached.
i think that maybe terrorist may realize that the latter is more effective, regardless or their intentions. you hit the people and you destroy their sense of community, its what rulers have done repeatedly for eons, just check the history books.
you should be so lucky as to be reading this.