We recently wrote a story about how the recent crash of an Air France jetliner looked suspiciously like it was shot down by a missile. This is the Critical Mass scenario, in Whitley Strieber’s new novel, which postulates that terrorist organizations could hold countries “hostage” by hiding bombs in their major cities (and in this case, proving this was real by blowing up a jet). France has been very controversial in the Muslim world in recent years, by banning headscarves in public schools, denouncing forced marriages, etc., so it would be a likely target for the imposition of sharia law.

As speculation continues over the crash of an Air France jetliner on a transatlantic flight, one expert says recent events point to the possibility of terrorism. Although there have been no claims of responsibility or specific indications of sabotage, the disappearance of a large airliner without warning is extremely rare, and investigators say no potential causes have been ruled out. Aviation authorities have announced that another Air France flight from Buenos Aires to Paris was grounded temporarily on May 27 because of a telephoned bomb threat.

The circumstantial evidence for terrorism includes a history of Islamic extremism in and around Brazil, where the flight originated, as well as the recent opening of a French military base on the Arabian Peninsula, according to Douglas Woodwell, who is an expert on international relations.

Woodwell says, “During the past week, the French government announced the landmark opening of a military base in Dubai, the first permanent overseas military base the French have opened since they decolonized in the early 1960s. The fact that the United States had stationed troops on the Arabian Peninsula during and after the Gulf War was probably the most important concrete factor motivating Al Qaeda in its subsequent attacks on the United States, including 9/11. The French basing agreement was announced on January 15, which is sufficient time for Al Qaeda sympathizers to organize a response.”

Who are the Al Qaeda sympathizers in South America? According to Woodwell, the so-called Tri-border region where Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay meet is home to a large Muslim population with a history of militancy.

“Terrorists from this area are believed to have launched attacks against the Israeli Embassy and a Jewish community center in Argentina in the early

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