|Obama Visits Starbucks During DC|
The threat isn’t ‘existential,’ unless you’re at Starbucks.
President Obama took pains in his State of the Union speech Tuesday to warn Americans not to exaggerate the threat from terrorists. “As we focus on destroying ISIL,” he said, using an alternative acronym for Islamic State (ISIS), “over-the-top claims that this is World War III just play into their hands.”
On Monday ISIS murdered 51 people in suicide attacks in Baghdad and other Iraqi cities. On Tuesday an ISIS suicide bomber in Istanbul killed 10 German and one Peruvian tourists. On Thursday two people were killed and 23 injured by an ISIS suicide bomber near a Starbucks coffee shop in Jakarta.
14 office workers in San Bernardino by an ISIS husband-
This bloody spate follows last month’s murder of 14 office workers in San Bernardino by an ISIS husband-and-wife team, November’s Paris massacre by ISIS of 130 people, the killing a day earlier of some 43 people in Beirut, and October’s downing by ISIS of a Russian jetliner over Egypt, in which 224 civilians perished. Last June’s attack at a Tunisian beach resort, in which 38 mainly British tourists were murdered, is already beginning to feel like a distant memory.
It isn’t clear what Mr. Obama means by “World War III,” but mass-casualty attacks against Western targets on four continents in the space of a few months probably sounds global to the victims. The terrorist threat hasn’t seemed so wide and so grave since the immediate aftermath of September 11, 2001. Counter-terrorist experts are warning that even November’s massacre was only a “dress-rehearsal” for the main event.Read the rest of this WSJ op-ed HERE and view a related video below:
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