Why Terrorist Attacks Have Quadrupled Since 2001


Terrorism is a tactic used by individuals with specific ideologies. Killing an ideology is nearly impossible. The war on terror is a complete misnomer. A war cannot be waged against a tactic. And proving to be an ideological war, evidence demonstrates that today, the tactic of terrorism is actually growing world-wide.

Since 2001, the United States and our allies have been engaged in a complex war fighting against an ideology. Many people have been killed while many more have been maimed. Today, it is known via the University of Maryland’s Global Terrorism Database, deaths caused by terror have decreased yet attacks have actually quadrupled world-wide since 2001.

The leading ideological culprit behind the growing terror dilemma is Islam. The Global Terrorism Database proves unequivocally that those who embrace a very twisted religious ideology are leading the world today in terrorist activities — i.e. Islamists.

Terrorists have varied their tactics with advanced unconventional tools. Today, we learn that Syria is threatening to incorporate chemical weapons against its opposition. The Free Syrian Army (FSA) has already ransacked at least three Syrian military bases procuring Manual Portable Air Defense (MANPAD) systems shooting down a Syrian military helicopter just last week. Do we know whether they obtained any chemical weapons during the raids as well?

What happens if the opposition obtains these chemical weapons? What happens if Al Qaeda elements fighting alongside Free Syrian Army rebels transfer these weapon systems elsewhere later, incorporating them into the streets of a European or North American nation? Terrorist and their movements strengthen.

Four credible arguments can be made explaining why terrorist incidents have increased over the years—weak US foreign policy, internal fighting between conventional and unconventional military wisdom, technical intelligence dependency, and decapitated US human intelligence.

A weak US foreign policy could be partially blamed for the spike in world-wide terrorist incidents. Since the start of the Arab Spring, the United States has actually emboldened terrorist groups through “behind closed doors” diplomacy, weapons procurement, and other logistical needs. Simply put, the very people we often assist frequently become the very people we fight.

The Department of Defense incorporated conventional war fighting into an unconventional global battle. Terrorism is a tactic incorporating small cellular units which can only be destroyed by opposing cellular force structures. Special operations are the viable assets capable of defeating terrorist networks, yet conventional wisdom found its way into the fight, marginalizing the unconventional battle.

The United States intelligence community has become technologically dependent. The enemy has learned to incorporate technology into their arsenal, but quickly realized dependency on that technology would lead to their deaths due to Western intercept capabilities. More and more terrorists are, today, utilizing a very old communications concept known as “runners.”

It is virtually impossible to intercept terrorists who incorporate communication runners if technical intelligence tools dominate the intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) platform. Human intelligence is critical in today’s asymmetric war.

Unfortunately, the United States’ human intelligence (HUMINT) capabilities were severely crippled during the Carter era, never making the comeback needed for national security advancements. Even with a newly formed clandestine service founded by the Defense Intelligence Agency, the program is in its infancy. These operators are being forced to sprint into a game without having the experience.

Human Intelligence success depends on sound trade-craft. Trade-craft cannot be learned in just a few short months in a classroom or in a field training exercise. It takes years to not only learn the tricks of the trade but to gain the confidence needed to enter a non-permissive environment and build a vetted source network.  The Defense Clandestine Service is light years behind the curve.

Evidence proves that while some administrators and elected officials would like us to believe the war on terror is over, it is not. The world-wide terror calamity is actually growing. This is a growing threat which jeopardizes national security. And yet, we have failed in learning how to best manage the situation.

With a fiscal cliff looming and national security funding threatened with sequestration, the terrorists are gaining momentum. The next four years will be trying times for the Western free world. Will terror continue to flourish or will we learn from past mistakes allowing us to incorporate sound and executable plans of counter-actions that coincide with one another on all fronts?

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  • Mary Sue

    The media ain't doing its job of reporting these things like it used to.

  • Passer by

    There are several reasons that will increase terrorist attacks and radicalization among muslims.
    1. American and European economic crisis, which causes many muslims to think that "their time" has come. Weakness is provocative. Many muslims say that Islam represents the "Third Way", and its time has come, because both communism and capitalism failed.
    2. More muslims – the percentage of muslims in the world is increasing, and they are projected to represent one third of the World's population by 2050.
    3. More collision between muslims and non-muslims, due to current western open borders policies. One of the reasons that there were no muslim terrorists in the past is the simple fact that muslims were not allowed to enter en masse Europe, Australia or North America.
    4. Higher and higher oil prices, which benefits the ideology of extreme muslim countries such as Saudi Arabia and Iran.
    5. Possible Taliban take over of Afghanistan, which will increase the moral of muslims and prove that they can defeat the US, just like they defeated the Soviet Union.
    6. The fast spread of Islam in non-muslim countries, which also increases radicalization among second and third generation muslim immigrants. People like the Strong Horse. Muslims start asking themselves: Why is it that we should accept the ways of Europe, if Islam is the fastest growing religion of Europe?

  • ObamaYoMoma

    What happens if Al Qaeda elements fighting alongside Free Syrian Army rebels transfer these weapon systems elsewhere later, incorporating them into the streets of a European or North American nation? Terrorist and their movements strengthen.

    Again, the solution is what GWB should have done in response to 9/11, which is ban and reverse mass Muslim immigration ASAP. No Muslim jihadists living in America, no violent or non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad in America. It's not a very complicated problem we have here. It's quite easy to solve.

    Terrorism is a tactic incorporating small cellular units which can only be destroyed by opposing cellular force structures.

    Terrorism is just one tactic of jihad out of many. Specifically, it's violent jihad. However, astronomically far more jihad takes place clandestinely today totally behind the scenes completely undetected and unnoticed and collectively it is far more damaging to the West. Meanwhile, jihad is holy fighting in the cause of Allah to make Islam supreme. Hence, the solution is simple; we must separate ourselves from the Islamic world and isolate it until such time as Islam as a viable force is destroyed. Otherwise Islam will subsume the world.

  • Western Canadian

    *Actually terrorism and jihad are two totally different manifestations altogether. Jihad is holy fighting in the cause of Allah to make Islam supreme via the imposition of Sharia. *

    You are probably the only non-muslim (if you are not a muslim) on the internet to actually believe this pathetic and stupid drivel, that you insist on posting and re-posting. The errors in your weak excuse for intellectual endeavour have been pointed out to you by many people time and again, but your stupidity combined with your stubbornness, blinds you to how truly pathetic a mind you are cursed with.

  • Western Canadian

    *Terrorism is just one tactic of jihad out of many*

    Gee, even you didn’t believe all of the drivel in your previous post.

    *However, astronomically far more jihad takes place clandestinely today totally behind the scenes completely undetected and unnoticed*

    Again, you revert to drivel that has no relationship to the real world…. Numerous authors and pundits have been calling attention to the stealth jihad and lawfare, for liberally decades.

    Your ignorance is exceeded by only your pomposity.

    • Western Canadian

      **Terrorism is just one tactic of jihad out of many*
      *Actually, violent jihad is not terrorism as terrorism is perpetrated by all cultures and societies for various reasons and causes*

      I'd suggest you try to make up your, if you will forgive the overstatement, mind, but by the way you hand out utter gibberish and drivel, and act like you are being clever about it, that would be an impossibility. As has been pointed out to you by others much more qualified to comment than you, changing the label on a tactic, does not change the tactic. And mad mo himself, as has been pointed out to you, stated that he was made successful through terror. You are such an ass.

      • Western Canadian

        *And mad mo himself, as has been pointed out to you, stated that he was made successful through terror. You are such an ass.

        Gee I didn't know old Mo himself could speak English.*

        Since you rely on english translations, your comment is merely stupid. It becomes you.

        *Apparently the moonbat that translated that passage was about as astute of Islam as you are.*

        The translation is valid, Though islamists try to deny its validity… like you are….

        *You are such a loon. *

        Coming from you, an insult is a compliament.

        ***Terrorism is just one tactic of jihad out of many*
        *Actually, violent jihad is not terrorism as terrorism is perpetrated by all cultures and societies for various reasons and causes*

        And you still need to make up your sad and pitiable immitation of a mind.

    • Western Canadian

      ALL societies and cultures? Again, you are such an ass.

  • Ghostwriter

    Is it just me or is it that groups like Al Qaeda are a bunch of bloodthirsty lunatics who like killing people regardless of their religion? It seems to me is that's what they like to do.

    • gray man

      no, it is islam. period.

  • Thomas Wells

    America has become a "non-permissive environment" for critical discussions of islamic jihad/ terrorism.

  • Frans Groenendijk

    This post inspired me to write this post:
    "Because I also write on a sister website of this blog Emperors and clothes about science (in Dutch, but Google Translate gives a good impression of what is going on there) I felt compelled to mention it here and to add some reflections of my own.
    The FPM-article does not include this picture or the one you find below. I made this Excel-graph, based on the list of 'The Religion Of Peace' (TROP). The above picture needs some elucidation. I will provide this but first I make some remarks about the data to which the FPM-article refers."

    There is much more: http://www.islamofobie.nl/index.php/blog/meer/ter

  • Sarad

    Small point. War can be fought against a tactic. The Israelis just proved this. Iron Dome successfully defeated Hamas' and Islamic Jihad's war of missiles. Hezbollah was watching.

  • Frans Groenendijk

    "War can be fought against a tactic." True, but a small point indeed. You can fight against a tactic with good results but you cannot win a war that way, most certainly not this one.