Is Worldwide Islamic Terror on the Ebb?

Is Worldwide Islamic Terror on the Ebb?

There’s certainly no dearth of terror events to report from Pakistan, the Mid-east, Afghanistan, Thailand, Indonesia, Iraq, etc. in any given week, however there are now single days without a report of Islamic terror anywhere.

For three years I’ve done an almost daily surf of news from all electronic sources looking for terror events. I have some key words I search, and 2006 through mid-2008 I could find multiple daily reports of actual terror events or terror plots interrupted all around the world. By combining search results from separate key words like “killed,” “bomb,” “Mohammed,” “Muhammed,” “Abdul,” you would get multiple news reports from various papers around the globe, from Algeria to Zimbabwe. I would find multiple reports every day.

Now the reports are not daily, and the fresh attacks come almost entirely from several known terror hotspots: Pakistan leads, followed by Afghanistan, Iraq, Gaza, Thailand and the Philippines. The terror we see in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan is mostly Muslims versus other Muslims.

The recent big exception to this trend is the Mumbai attack in Indian last year, but in general “worldwide” terror has gone down. It now appears concentrated in specific countries.

Looking at the Sunni axis, not the Shia, you see that the strategy has changed. The new doctrine put out last year is in effect, and they are working in Islamic regions to destabilize and create their “wilderness” where Al Qaida’s version of sharia becomes the only answer to law and order through force. Their recent successes in Somalia and the frontiers of Pakistan show that it’s an effective doctrine, and that has me worried.

Are we seeing the calm before the storm as they regroup and recruit in the AQ created wildernesses? In the non terror regions are they shifting to purely political, seeking to take advantage of the down economy, unrest over food security, and other factors? That remains to be seen, but it’s something I’ve been speculating on a while.

6 thoughts on “Is Worldwide Islamic Terror on the Ebb?”

  1. Be careful what words you use. The news organizations are starting to veer away from calling terrorist attacks terrorist attacks. The official US Government word for terrorism is now “man-caused disaster.”

    NAPOLITANO (DHS Secretary): “That is perhaps only a nuance, but it demonstrates that we want to move away from the politics of fear toward a policy of being prepared for all risks that can occur.”

    Der Spiegel, 3/16/09 [,1518,613330,00.html]

  2. Since when did changing the “War on Terror” change the terror. To hell
    with political correctness. Mexicans cook Mexican food, not Spanish
    food as one woman once tried to be politically correct and say that
    a tamale was Spanish food. Terrorists are terrorists, not freedom
    fighters as some might suggest. They fight for no country, no flag
    and kill indiscrimantly women, children or anyone who happens to
    be in their way. They try to use religion as an excuse to murder innocent
    people in the name of their perverted beliefs. Using a title of “Man
    Caused Disaster” could be used to describe our last election when
    you look at our economy and the decisions that are being made.

  3. T: I think Stuart might have been suggesting using different key words for your searches. I change mine up on a regular basis. But then I tend dig a lot deeper then five pages too.


    Whats the Bad Behavior plug-in and should I be wearing one as well?


  4. Bad behaviour is a spam and bot protector Render, yah, you should be using it in conjunction with Akismet, keeps your work on filtering spam to a minimum.

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