This week, we saw the face of evil in one twenty-one-year old racist sociopath in Charleston, South Carolina. However, the world has been seeing the face of evil over and over for nearly 1400 years, and not only are we not shocked, we are ignoring it, and appear to be doing nothing to stop it.
As reported by Fox News, Extremists [i.e. Islamic jihadists] in Iraq, Afghanistan and Nigeria unleashed a savage rise in violence between 2013 and 2014, according to new statistics released by the State Department.
Attacks largely at the hands of the Islamic State and Boko Haram raised the number of terror acts by more than a third, nearly doubled the number of deaths and nearly tripled the number of kidnappings. The figures contained in the department’s annual global terrorism report say that nearly 33,000 people were killed in almost 13,500 terrorist attacks around the world in 2014. That’s up from just over 18,000 deaths in nearly 10,000 attacks in 2013, it said.
Twenty-four Americans were killed by extremists [Islamic jihadists] in 2014, the report said. Abductions soared from 3,137 in 2013 to 9,428 in 2014, the report said. The report attributes the rise in attacks to increased [Islamic] terror activity in Iraq, Afghanistan and Nigeria and the sharp spike in deaths to a growth in exceptionally lethal attacks in those countries and elsewhere. There were 20 attacks that killed more than 100 people each in 2014, compared to just two in 2013, according to the figures that were compiled for the State Department by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism at the University of Maryland.
Sadly there are mass murders occurring all over the globe and we are sitting back and doing nothing. We must begin to assess whether or not we can live with ourselves watching the modern day equivalent of Naziism spread across the globe. These numbers represent a 35 percent increase in terrorist attacks and an 81 percent jump in resulting deaths — those that we know of.
How many mass graves may lie all across areas dominated by ISIS? The shameful difference is that years ago we didn’t have the instantaneous communications capability to know the heinous actions of Nazi Germany or Imperial Japan. Recall that it was General Eisenhower who demanded that the horrors of the concentration camps be documented so the world would know and never allow it to happen again.
Today we can see the horrors of Boko Haram, ISIS, the Taliban, Hamas, Hezbollah, Ansar al-Sharia, Islamic Jihad, Jabhat al-Nusra, and a host of others right before our eyes, practically in real time. And what has been our response?
It was once said, “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” It seems we now live in the era of “coexistence” with evil and actually in a time when evil is excused by a new accepted moral cowardice. We must ask ourselves, next year will we read of another 35 percent and 81 percent increase in terrorist attacks and deaths, and just shrug it off?
I constantly hear about people who are war weary — so are the people who are the victims of these attacks. Perhaps if we could find the intestinal fortitude within ourselves, and a leader who can rally the modern civilized world, maybe the report next year will show a decrease. I pray we can reach down within ourselves and embrace the words “never again” and truly commit ourselves to that premise. There are far too many people running around chiming on about climate change and attempting to make us believe that it is a threat. We are witnessing a modern genocide in every way focused on specific faith beliefs and those who will not surrender to a narrow fascist view of the world.
As reported, among the 20 mass casualty attacks in 2014 were the December attack by the Pakistani Taliban on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan that killed at least 150 people and the June attack by Islamic State militants on a prison in Mosul, Iraq, in which 670 Shiite prisoners died. At the end of 2014, the prison attack was the deadliest terrorist operation in the world since Sept. 11, 2001, according to the report. Terror attacks took place in 95 countries in 2014, but were concentrated in the Mideast, South Asia and West Africa. Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and Nigeria accounted for more than 60 percent of the attacks and, if Syria is included, roughly 80 percent of the fatalities, the report found.
A White House spokesperson once referred to the world as being more “tranquil.” President Obama stated that respect for America is at an all time high.
Whether you agree our global respect is up, one thing is for certain — terror attacks are on the rise.