by: the Common Constitutionalist
It seems everywhere we look, there is new terror threat. And they not centered on just one country or even one region. Many of these terror groups have been around for a while and have been relatively independent. But recently a good many of them are becoming satellites of and pledging allegiance to ISIS, or are at least supporters of the Islamic State.
There are the minor players we know, like the old Boko Haram, which is now known as Wilayat Gharb Ifrīqīyyah, who operate in Nigeria, Chad, Niger and northern Cameroon. Then there are minor players we don’t (unless you follow this closely) like the Abu Sayyaf group, who are based in the southern Philippines and operate in the Philippine/Malaysia region. The have recently become supporters of IS and beheaded a Malaysian engineer around the same time as the Paris attacks. It won’t be long before they announce they are a Wilayat of ISIS.
So as the civilized world is concentrating on ISIS proper (for want of a better term) in Syria and Iraq, Islamic terror groups all over the world are becoming subsidiaries of the Islamic State. Add to this the mass export of fighters out of Syria and into western countries and it’s a recipe for disaster – and a well funded disaster, being that the latest estimates are that ISIS controls over $2 trillion in assets.
It’s like the Hydra line in the Captain America movie that states: “Cut off one head – two more will take its place.”
But as is being demonstrated before our eyes, ISIS and their affiliates don’t have to launch a barrage of attacks to terrorize. One or two from time to time will suffice, from their standpoint. After that, just the threat of attack will drive the West into turmoil, which it has.
The city of Brussels has been all but shut down for three days as authorities search for one terror fugitive from the Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam. Naturally they believe he is hold up in Belgium’s “terror central,” the district of Molenbeek. You may learn more about Molenbeek here. Belgian authorities are also on high alert for threats of additional attacks.
Whether there is an attack or not, it is still terrorism. Look at what it is doing to Belgium – Brussels in particular. Belgium’s economy is being crippled as businesses are forced to remain closed and commerce has come to a stand still for days. The costs must be staggering, both in loss of revenue and the price of security. It may not be a bombing, but it amounts to economic terrorism.
And this is happening in many places. The French Army has now been called up to guard the city of Paris’s entire water supply, “while scientists carry out tests following the theft of equipment used to guard against chemical attacks, including protective suits, from a hospital.”
“The alert comes after twelve protective suits used to protect against chemicals and biological agents were stolen from Paris’s Necker hospital complex. Protective boots also went missing, along with masks and gloves.”
Reports are that the British fear the same type of biological attack. One expert said that, “IS’s chemical knowledge is improving fast and it would be a nightmare for the British Army or police to protect every reservoir or treatment works in this country.” And that’s a tiny country, relative to America.
And here in America, it had been widely reported of the threat of an attack at a WWE event last night in Atlanta. The hacker group Anonymous said Saturday that it had uncovered information about Islamic State group plans for additional terror attacks in Paris as well as locations in the U.S.
All these threats, credible or not, require massive amounts of time, money and manpower. The FBI saw no credibility of the Atlanta threat, but even so, investigations must commence and additional security must be hired and deployed. It all comes at a cost, both monetarily and emotionally.
People are already becoming stressed over these threats. It leads the news virtually every day. How many Americans have already decided not to venture out into a crowded mall on Black Friday to begin their Christmas shopping for fear of a terror strike?
ISIS, with a few well-placed attacks, coupled with a myriad of threats could conceivable cripple a nation’s economy. It may not come at the cost of lives, but its terrorism none the less.