London, Manchester, Paris, Nice, Brussels, Kabul, Baghdad, the global carnage continues. Once again the West has been shocked by a horrific radical terrorist attack, the responses by our political leaders have become almost boiler plate:
· We will not let them win, they’ve claimed.
· We will not let them change us.
· Go on living your lives.
· We will fight the terrorists and we will defeat them.
Some have even claimed that we are winning. But enough is enough. It is time to get serious.
It is time for honesty. Not the typical political sound bites. In early 2016 the Investigative Project on Terrorism, the organization published a study on trends in radical Islamic terrorism.
The data was frightening, two statistics stand out. Fatalities from terrorist attacks had increased 744 percent from 2007-2011 to 2014-2015. The average annual fatalities had increased from roughly 3,200 deaths per year to approximately 27,000 deaths per year. The number of terrorist attacks during that time increased by roughly 500 percent.
The West has not realized that it is losing this fight…
- British PM May calls for allies to unite against extremism