Yesterday we saw yet another horrific terrorist attack in the UK, a phenomenon that has become a startling trend across much of Europe over the last several years.
In fact, this particular incident, a bombing at an Ariana Grande concert that left 22 people dead, is the 12th to take place in this part of the world since 2015.
According to NPR:
But this much is clear: Western European cities have become regular targets over the past two years, a period coinciding with the rise of the Islamic State and its calls for supporters to strike anywhere they can and with whatever weapons are at hand.
The Manchester bombing is the 12th terrorist attack in Western Europe since the beginning of 2015. Collectively, they have claimed more than 300 lives. ISIS has been linked to most of the attacks, and on Tuesday, claimed responsibility for the concert bombing.
By comparison, the United States has suffered fewer than 10 deadly terrorist attacks, with fewer than 100 deaths, since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
ISIS makes no secret of its desire to hit Europe. Its online magazine, previously named Dabiq after a town in Syria, is now called Rumiyah, or Rome. That’s because the group wants to eventually seize Rome, as the symbolic home of the pope and Christianity.
“We will not rest from our jihad except beneath the olive trees of Rome,” says the quotation under the magazine’s title. It’s attributed to Abu Hamzah al-Muhajir, one of the group’s leaders, who was killed in Iraq in 2010.
After surging across large swathes of Syria and Iraq in 2013 and 2014, ISIS declared a caliphate, an Islamic nation, in the territory it controlled.
Since then, it’s been pushed back in its core territory by the U.S. air campaign and by allied forces on the ground. But it has managed to claim terror attacks far from its base.
“The global reach of ISIS right now remains is largely intact, despite the extremely effective work that has been done to degrade ISIS in its caliphate,” Nicholas Rasmussen, head of the U.S. National Counterterrorism Center, said earlier this month in Washington.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the Manchester bombing via the group’s Amaq media channel, the same way it has has announced attacks in the past.
British authorities say a suicide bomber set off his explosive in the entrance hall of the arena as the crowd was leaving the concert by American pop star Ariana Grande. The ISIS statement does not mention a suicide attacker, but says one of its “soldiers” placed a bomb at the arena.
One of the reasons these attacks are happening with increasing frequency is because Europe has allowed so many Islamic refugees into their countries without properly vetting them.
By refusing strict immigration policies, European nations are leaving their front doors unlocked while all sorts of people with evil intent are prowling around the neighborhood.
What’s worse, radical Muslims are well aware that liberal ideology is the basis for many of the policies governing Europe, therefore, they can take advantage of the “bleeding heart” mentality to gain access to countries and cities where they can do serious damage.
Let’s hope nations around the world wake up to this reality and start taking action against groups like ISIS to let them know this sort of thing will no longer be tolerated.
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]