CHARLOTTE, NC. Say what you will about Donald Trump. But the once almost daily barrage of news about ISIS and terrorism in general has been quiet for a considerable length of time.
Could it be that the president’s frequently flaky approach to governing has caught terrorists off guard? In the sense that they currently have no idea how, when or where he might retaliate? Whatever the reason, the lack of “bombs bursting in air” has been a pleasant break, regardless of how brief it may turn out to be.
What’s ISIS up to now?
That said, Pamela Geller reports, via PJ Media, that the Islamic State may be developing another means of creating chaos. This time, the idea is to wield knives in crowded venues. Such venues may include live concerts where attendees focus on the stage rather than on sinister individuals lurking behind them.
Geller’s chilling information comes from a poster created by a media group with a history of sharing ISIS messages and propaganda. The poster reads “Wait for our surprises.” It features a jihadist donning a suit jacket while hiding a huge knife behind his back.
The poster is signed, “Islamic State.”
Remah Media Production has other posters in its collection as well. They include a jihadist in the foreground of an American city that threatens to “Sink America.” Another display shows several terrorists standing in front of an American legislative building with the caption “Soon you will taste agony.”
Such bluster is not uncommon in the world of global jihad, of course. But at least on this side of the Atlantic, it has been a relatively quiet time since radical Islamists have issued boisterous threats like these.
However, it’s well known that a favorite jihadist practice is to commemorate important dates of their shabby and violent “victories.” They serve as a reminder to the rest of the world that they are still hiding under rocks and behind trees.
Happy Mass Murder Anniversary?
The terrorists revealed their knife poster just after the one-year anniversary of a country music festival slaughterfest. That notorious mass murder left 58 people dead outside the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas last year.
A recent ISIS newsletter showed a picture of the hotel drenched in blood. Another said the attack “highlights the difficulties faced by U.S. cities to protect their own Crusader citizens from attacks that can take unpredictable forms.”
Just because large scale attacks on the West have abated a little does not mean that terrorists have not been active around the globe in places that get far less attention than the U.S. and Europe.
The Book of Numbers
Religion of Peace is a website that has been tracking and listing every terrorist attack since 9/11/01. Care to take a guess at how many incidents have occurred since that date? Would you believe the count is nearly 34,000? 33,943 to be precise?
In September alone, less than ten days ago, there were 142 jihadist attacks in 21 countries killing 829 people and injuring 740 more. Of those incidents, 12 were carried out by suicide blasts.
The numbers are staggering, but they have become so frequent that only the biggest and most devastating terrorist incidents are covered by Western media. If we did otherwise, there would be no room to report anything else.
With those thoughts in mind, it is important that we do not become complacent. We must realize that the Islamic killing machine remains active and dedicated to developing newer and more clever ways to achieve its goals.
Fresh slaughter and terror are great PR tactics for an on-the-run ISIS
In recent years, ISIS has lost territory in the Middle East. That significant progress occurred due in large part to a coalition of forces backed by the U.S. But we should never forget about the terrorist ideology. Radical Islamist terrorists are relentlessly patient. The moment we look away or get diverted is precisely when the enemy is most likely to react. Islamic jihad may at times appear dormant. But it never sleeps.
But with their power somewhat diminished, that appearance of imminent defeat could catalyze a potential new wave of activity within the ranks of ISIS.
A connection between ISIS and the Las Vegas massacre remains stubbornly unconfirmed, at least for the public. But the tactics employed in that savage attack certainly make it look like the work of ISIS.
Case in point: In May 2017, ISIS also claimed responsibility for a bombing at an Ariana Grande concert. That vicious attack killed 22 and injured 139. It was the U.K.’s deadliest bombing in 12 years.
Islamist knives and one-on-one murders
While bombs pack more concentrated devastation than knives in the backs of unsuspecting victims, numbers mean little to the jihadists. Their goal is to strike fear and panic into non-Muslims while wreaking as much economic havoc as possible.
This is not to say that concerts and big events where masses gather should be avoided. But we must still remember to be more vigilant and to keep paying attention to our surroundings.
All remains relatively quiet on the Western front of late. But that does not mean that the Middle East murder machine has gone away.
These dedicated and murderous jihadists remain in the shadows. The best thing to do is to carry a huge spotlight filled with an awareness that can foil their plans.
—Headline image: Cartoon by Branco, reproduced with permission and by arrangement with Legal Insurrection.
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