National landmarks and monuments have long been the obvious choice for radical Islamic terrorists. On September 11, 2001, nineteen hijackers destroyed the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, severely damaged the Pentagon, and had designs on flying a fourth airliner into the U.S. Capitol building before the passengers of United Airlines flight 93 foiled their plans.
Following the 9/11 attacks and increased security at many important sites, Al-Qaeda and its offshoots — such as ISIS — have chosen to attack more poorly-defended “soft targets” such as shopping malls, night clubs, and schools. As we saw in Istanbul this week, Islamic terrorists have even taken to attacking the “soft” spots of airports, killing innocent travelers before they can pass through security.
ISIS showed in Paris and earlier this month in Orlando that nightclubs and bars rank among their favorite targets. Now, Islamic terrorists have a target that checks multiple boxes on their kill list. To read what controversial location President Obama has just declared a national monument, continue reading on the next page: