The many and varied layers of global terrorism

A serious terror threat is making the world take notice. For once we acted correctly, but we must remain vigilant. Photo: Worldwide alert closes diplomatic offices Photo: AP

CHARLOTTEAugust 4, 2013 — For once the world is taking preventive measures in an effort to avoid a major terrorist threat. Closing all the American embassies and consulates throughout the Middle East may be a bit of an over-reaction, but it is far better than no action.

The current worldwide terrorist threat has focused on the need for governments and media to be ever-vigilant in the war against Islamic jihad. Global security is no longer a part-time job, it is a full-time occupation.

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By shining the light on a potential pending attack, the night crawlers may have slinked back into their hiding places to wait for complacency to re-emerge.

This time the Obama administration got it right. With massive media warnings and speculation it is difficult to determine whether there are also political overtones, but even if there are, it is a much better choice than the alternative.

If Americans are truly paying attention, the extent of the present terror threat magnifies the need to stop making ridiculous pronouncements or de-emphasizing the continuous need for appropriate security around the world.

“General Motors is alive and al-Qaeda is dead,” was a popular phrase last November during the presidential campaign. It may have been a great slogan to get Mr. Obama re-elected, but the reality was far from the truth as evidenced by the magnitude of current threats.

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For the moment the talk is on al-Qaeda and whether it matters if they are splintered rather than the cohesive force they were under Osama bin Laden. It doesn’t matter. In fact, it doesn’t even matter that it is al-Qaeda. Al-Qaeda is the terror organization du jour, but the truth is there is now an on-going continuous threat of global Islamic jihad. The final results of one perpetrator and their methodology is no different than another.

Muslim apologists come out of the woodwork during times such as these. How long are we going to continue give the Islamic threat a pass? How long is the PC crowd going to continue to tell us that ALL Muslims are not terrorists? How long must we continue to hear the lies about Islam being a “religion of peace”?

If al-Qaeda disappeared today, there would still be Hamas, Hezbollah, the Muslim Brotherhood and the Taliban along with countless homegrown individuals just waiting to create havoc for their causes. And those are just the names that are familiar to most of us.

The Obama administration has spent the last month talking about “phony” scandals. The present situation is precisely the reason why Benghazi did matter. Even though Hillary Clinton doesn’t think so.

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What is happening now is the result of a fractured, disjointed American foreign policy under Obama’s leadership. The effects are cumulative rather than being able to site a single event or incident.

Even if the anticipated attack(s) do not occur, the approach to the global response is evidence that a lack of commitment to staying on top of the perpetual threat is an indication that terrorism is winning. The sheer economic effect of shutting down diplomatic offices and creating apprehension among international travelers is enormous and far-reaching.

As American media places the focus of the threats on the United States, the true emphasis should be on the West. The ultimate goal may be the United States and what it stands for, but there are stepping stones along the way, and Western Europe is equally in danger. Perhaps even more because of the huge Muslim populations in so many European countries.

The efforts to prevent global terrorism must be a concentrated unified effort by all Western nations. Even if the present threat has been exposed and thwarted for now, there will be more. Islamic jihad has been in existence for 14 centuries. It is not going away. There may be lulls. There may be periods of dormancy, but there will never be a time when the threat does not exist.

If “patience is a virtue” it may be the only value terrorism has that is worth emulating. Certainly they are taking advantage of the A.D.D. mentality of the West.

Al-Qaeda is not dead. Benghazi did mean something.

It is time to be more aware of the past, to deal with the present and to prepare for the future.

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About the Author: Bob Taylor is a veteran writer who has traveled throughout the world. Taylor was an award winning television producer/reporter/anchor before focusing on writing about international events and the people and cultures around the globe. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club ( and his goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.

 His goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.

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Bob Taylor has been travel writer for more than three decades. Following a career as an award winning sports producer/anchor, Taylor’s media production business produced marketing presentations for Switzerland Tourism, Rail Europe, the Finnish Tourist Board, Japan Railways Group, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council and the Swiss Travel System among others. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club ( and his goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.


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