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Lessons About State-sponsorship of Terrorism

Reader comment on item: ISIS Attacks the West

Submitted by Alex (United States), May 23, 2015 at 19:31

ISIS' threat to domestic security in Western countries does not fit the traditional model (if one can be said to exist) of state-sponsored international terrorism, as it does not involve embassies or spies in the country being targeted.

I think that the unpredicatability of ISIS' threat actually will make ISIS less dangerous than the more sophisticated terrorism of Iran/Al-Qaeda over time, for two reasons:

1) Law enforcement at all levels will receive more practice in antiterrorism.

2) By the same token, professional foreign spies and terrorists--who in the past have demonstrated the means to commit spectacular or even "mega"-terrorist attacks--can learn from the small adjustments that the police and federal agencies make in response to ISIS' tactics, in order to maintain their capabilities.

That said, I am almost certain that Iran can presently sponsor a terrorist attack in any Western country that would outsize the 9/11 attacks. The consequences of such an attack both would change international relations qualitatively and serve to explain why Iran hasn't committed such an act yet. The potential for armed conflict relating to the Iranian nuclear program in the next few years will make mega-terrorism in the West more likely.


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Title Commenter Date Thread
1Fooled No More [164 words]Michael KerjmanJul 7, 2015 14:37224074
The most significant thing you ever wrote! [63 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
DrRJPJun 3, 2015 12:17223660
2The Saudi Sheikh Saad al-Atiq tells Muslims to kill Christians and al-'Alawiyuun (the Alwaties) and al-Rawafid (the Shia) and yes al-Yahood! [108 words]dhimmi no moreMay 26, 2015 18:04223533
Full Portent of ISIS in the Larger Scheme Remains to be Seen [194 words]M. ToveyMay 26, 2015 15:48223529
Inciting hate is itself criminalizable [54 words]AtleMay 26, 2015 08:49223523
Lessons About State-sponsorship of Terrorism [195 words]AlexMay 23, 2015 19:31223494
2The rule of mosques and Tablighees should be examined [90 words]dhimmi no moreMay 23, 2015 06:28223488
Iranian self immolation-----in the cofffin of hatred [45 words]George BailinMay 22, 2015 22:25223481
BEHEADING IN OKLAHOMA CITY INSPIRED BY ISIS? [125 words]FX MEANEYMay 22, 2015 21:42223480
mission-type tactics [89 words]mythMay 22, 2015 20:52223479
3Offensive, unprovoked jihad attacks are mandatory in islam [238 words]Uncle VladdiMay 22, 2015 19:48223476
1Irrelevant categorization [76 words]Uncle VladdiMay 22, 2015 19:45223475
This attack was more than well planned!!! [84 words]irving katzMay 22, 2015 14:47223472
1Islam is a political army not a religion [39 words]D.RSMay 22, 2015 13:47223470
query [12 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
Bruce BirnbergMay 22, 2015 11:19223467

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