mead cohen berger shevtsova garfinkle michta grygiel blankenhorn
the new world disorder
The Terrorists Didn't Take a Holiday

A spate of atrocities on two continents over Labor Day weekend comes as a reminder that the international, Islamist terror war is not only still on, but spreading. In the Middle East, the Syrian Civil War is still threatening Lebanon, Reuters reports:

Islamic State militants beheaded a Lebanese soldier who was one of 19 captured by hardline Syrian Islamists when they seized a Lebanese border town for a few days this month, a video posted on social media showed on Saturday.

In Nigeria, Boko Haram is back on the rampage and beginning to speak of itself, too, as an Islamic Caliphate. The AFP:

Boko Haram gunmen have killed scores of residents in a Nigerian town on the border with Cameroon that they captured in recent raids, witnesses told AFP on Saturday. […]

Boko Haram has in recent weeks seized territory in northern Borno state near the border with Cameroon in an apparent move to carve out a state for themselves.

In a video obtained by AFP last weekend, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau declared the town of Gwoza, which his men captured earlier this month, as part of an Islamic caliphate.

The atrocities in Nigeria have largely flown under the radar (with the exception of the brief twitter campaign to bring back the kidnapped schoolgirls), but locals say the terror group is “killing people like chickens”, and refugees have had to flee into neighboring Camerooon.

Meanwhile, in Somalia, the U.S. has launched a drone attack against a resurgent al-Shabab, the local al-Qaeda affiliate, which assaulted a prison holding many of its fighters in Mogadishu on Sunday. The AP:

The Somali rebel group al-Shabab, which is linked to al-Qaida, claimed responsibility for the attack that shattered a period of calm in Mogadishu, which is stabilizing after nearly 20 years of chaotic violence.

The attack started when a suicide car bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at the gate of the prison, followed by gunmen who fought their way into the prison. Guards fought the attackers who threw grenades to penetrate the prison’s defenses, police said.

Though the attack was repelled, three soldiers and two civilians (as well as all seven militants) were killed.

For six years, a war-weary America bought President Obama’s reassuring claim that there was an easy way out of the terror war. But things are getting worse, not better; we and our allies got bored with terror before terror got bored with us.

Features Icon
show comments
  • lukelea

    WRM & Co. seem to have an exaggerated idea of what we can do to prevent things like this from happening. This is a big world with six billion people in it and lots of failed states.

    • Ofer Imanuel

      Of course we have limits (and do not want to spend too much tax payer money). However:
      A) Air intervention is not too expensive
      B) We could have saved a lot of money wasted on counterproductive intervention, like the one in Libya
      C) Our intervention could be much more cost effective if we were less finicky

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    Bush’s strategy of using Democracy to change the backward Islamic culture, and thereby drain the swamp that is spawning a continuous supply of new terrorists, was abandoned by the weak and stupid Obama. Now the best we can hope for is that the Sunni Jihadists will focus all their resources on killing the Shiite Jihadists, and vice versa.

  • Duperray

    Muslim means “submitted to Allah”: This has nothing to do with democracy. By duty, a muslim must conquer non-muslim territories as soon he can. They have now much money, weaponry, total support of most of western media and intellectuals. Nobody in West understands that a quiet muslim and an islamic terrorist are the same person, like two faces of a dime.
    We have to react to their agressions in a global way, not trying to identify, catch, juge and emprison the guilty individuals: they are already deified as martyrs by fellow believers.

© The American Interest LLC 2005-2016 About Us Masthead Submissions Advertise Customer Service