Where is the practical information—like the fact that Ramadan is peak season for ISIS?
The brutal 2013 London-area murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby is consistently invoked in terror groups’ videos and publications as a consequential car-and-cleaver attack that should be emulated by other lone or cell jihadists. Al-Shabaab dubbed one of the terrorists, Michael Adebolajo, their “Muslim of the Year” while reminiscing upon the attack in 2016, declaring “a room full of Mujahid Adebolajo is exactly what today’s world needs.”
On the fourth anniversary of this UK attack placed on a pedestal by jihadists, Salman Abedi, a native Briton like Adebolajo, detonated his bomb outside of the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.
The timing of the concert attack, as well as the advent of the Ramadan terror season with the ISIS bombing of a Baghdad ice cream shop filled with families, begs the question of whether terror advisories are truly informing and assisting the everyday traveler, commuter, shopper, diner or concert-goer.
In the United States, the complex threat environment is basically boiled down for the public like so: the threat is ever-present, the means are many, and laptop computers on airplanes may or may not be a good idea. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly quipped in a recent conversation with a Fox News host, “If he knew what I knew about terrorism, he’d never leave the house in the morning.”
Everyone who monitors even the open-source side of terror operations concurs the threat is bad, particularly considering the homegrown recruits who fly easily under the radar. But instead of just stoking Americans’ fears, let’s give concerned citizens a bit more to work with.