This appears to be yet another episode in the run up to what AQ has promised will be a 'terror spectacular.' American Islamist Adam Yahiye Gadahn warns that US embassies and consulates will be the target of AQ attacks in the days and weeks ahead:
U.S. Embassies and American interests "at home and abroad" are prime targets for terrorist attacks, American al Qaeda member Adam Yahiye Gadahn said in a newly released al Qaeda-produced video.
"We shall continue to target you at home and abroad just as you target us at home and abroad ... ," Gadahn -- also known as Azzam the American -- says in the video provided to CNN by www.LauraMansfield.com, a Web site that analyzes terrorism.
Later in the video, which is about an hour long and takes the form of a documentary, the self-proclaimed American jihadist makes explicit threats against the United States and U.S. interests, singling out embassies and consulates.
Embassies and consulates are always assumed to be a primary target, for obvious reasons. They are typically on a very high level of alert and those in Muslim nations have probably been on high alert since September 11.
I can't help but be struck by the fact that Gadahn is just one more poor young Muslim with no economic opportunity, radicalized by the hopelessness of poverty into a life of terror. Growing up in Orange County, what other alternatives did he have?