Two international terrorist attacks

There have been two terrorist attacks reported over the weekend, one in Paris and the other in Indonesia.

It is very difficult to defend against small and single person attacks.

BBC – Paris knife attack: Suspect ‘French citizen born in Russia’s Chechnya’

The suspect in a deadly knife attack in central Paris on Saturday evening is a French citizen born in 1997 in Russia’s republic of Chechnya, sources say.

Named by media as Khamzat Asimov, he was on a French watch list of people who could pose a threat to national security, the sources said.

Police shot dead the attacker in the busy Opéra district after he killed a man and injured four other people.

The Islamic State (IS) group said it was behind the attack.

France has been on high alert following a series of attacks. More than 230 people have been killed by IS-inspired jihadists in the past three years.

Islamic terrorism has been a major problem in France.

Indonesia is predominately Muslim and has it’s own problems with terrorism – Surabaya church attacks: One family responsible, police say

A family of six, including a nine-year-old girl, were behind a wave of blasts targeting three churches in Indonesia’s second city of Surabaya, police say.

At least 13 people died in Sunday’s bombings, which the Islamic State group has claimed.

The mother and two daughters blew themselves up at one church, while the father and two sons targeted two others.

The family had recently spent time in Syria, according to the police.

The bombings are the deadliest

Police chief Tito Karnavian said the family belonged to an Indonesian IS-inspired network, Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD).

There has been a rise in radical Muslim activity, in part due to the influence of ISIS.

In recent years women have become increasingly active in terrorist cells in Indonesia but this would be the first time children have been used.

Indonesia had been widely praised for its sustained anti-terrorism crackdown following the 2002 Bali bombings. It has managed a seemingly successful combination of arrests and killings, alongside a de-radicalisation program that focused on changing minds and providing alternative incomes for released terrorists.

But the rise of IS overseas has invigorated the loosely constituted jihadi networks.

There has also been rising intolerance in recent years in this once tolerant, pluralist, majority-Muslim nation, which has made minority groups increasingly uncomfortable.

Terrorism is a significant problem. Terrorist attacks get a lot of media attention these day, but are responsible for a relatively small number of deaths:

Global Death Toll of Different Causes of Death - Oxfam0

https://ourworldindata.org/terrorism

There is no easy way of preventing terrorism, nor of reducing radical religious movements.

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6 Comments

  1. Leavin Indonesai aside and concentrating on the West.

    No amount of education or state assimilation programming is impacting on the overarching illiberal bigotry coming to the West with increased Islamic migration. . The proportion of Islamic followers who idealise Sharia and embrace unreformed, elitist, misogynistic and punitive dogma is high. Countless surveys and polls point to this. The excesses of the fundamentalists are largely unrestrained by liberal 21st Western values or checked by the host countries. This mean that reversing the tide of fundamentalism in the short term has been unsuccessful. On the contrary (and deeply ironically), it is the West’s inherent tolerance and acceptance that is allowing values of intolerance and uacceptance to flourish.

    These murders won’t be stopping anytime soon. Western communities are failing on all fronts to address this lack of assimilation and have no real heart to address it.

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  2. Gezza

     /  May 14, 2018

    Terrorist attacks get a lot of media attention these day, but are responsible for a relatively small number of deaths:

    But they are so random & can have such devastating consequences the risk of one event such as 911 or a dirty bomb attack killing thousands has meant the cost of surveillance & detecting or preventing the carrying out of terrorist killings worldwide, as well as the disruption to the free flow of travel, is stupendous.

    Without these measures being in place, how many, worse incidents, blowing up of planes, infrastructure & random suicide attacks would there be?

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    • David

       /  May 14, 2018

      “Without these measures being in place, how many, worse incidents, blowing up of planes, infrastructure & random suicide attacks would there be?”

      About the same.

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      • Gezza

         /  May 14, 2018

        No, many more of these attacks, like those intended by shoe-bomber Richard Reid, & the dude with the explosive undies, would be happening without all the heightened awareness & security & surveillance measures. I see ISIS is still posting gory Islamic snuff movies with their classic music-produced Islamic verse backing trax. Plots continue to get discovered & foiled around the globe. Indonesia’s quite a worry. That a huge Muslim population & country in which to hide.

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        • Gezza

           /  May 14, 2018

          And 1ewes at 6 reported there’s just been ANOTHER suicide bombing in Sulawayo.

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    • sorethumb

       /  May 14, 2018

      They are like a shark attack.

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