Evil In Manchester

by FRED FLEITZ May 23, 2017

Last night, Manchester witnessed the evil and hatred of radical Islamists that President Trump described in his speech to Muslim world leaders in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

A suicide bomber blew himself out outside the entrance to an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, UK.  At least 22 were killed and 59 injured.

Most of the attendees at this concert were teenage girls.  This was an attack targeting children.  This was an act of pure evil.

The bombing fits the profile of an ISIS-directed or inspired terrorist attacks seen elsewhere in Europe over the past two years.  ISIS has taken credit for the attack.  The attacker's identify and motivation have not been released by British authorities.

Suicide bombings tend to be sophisticated and involve others who help construct the bomb and plan the attack, although this is not always the case.  British authorities are investigating the possibility whether a terrorist cell, possibly linked to ISIS, was behind the bombing.

The bombing probably was in response to directives by ISIS to its followers to conduct terrorist attacks against "soft targets."   The bomb was detonated in the foyer of the concert arena, apparently to allow the bomber to kill as many concert goers as possible without going through security.

Many are calling for even more security outside security checkpoints at public events and airports.  (The March 22, 2016 terrorist attack at the Brussels airport took place before the security near the baggage check.)  Although such steps will improve security, it is impossible to guard every inch of a city from terrorists.  Other steps also are needed.

One of these steps is to urge the public to be more vigilant.  The "see something, say something" campaign has helped uncover and prevent many terrorist attacks.  Security forces need help from the public to detect terrorist suspects.

Most important, we must recognize the nature of this threat before we can defeat it.  The Manchester bombing almost certainly was another radical Islamist committing an act of unspeakable violence to promote the Global Jihad Movement's war against modern society.  These "evil losers," as President Trump called them today, are using violence to advance their backward vision of a global Islamic caliphate governed by medieval Sharia law.  In his speech on Saturday, President Trump said this on how Muslim leaders should defeat radical Islamists and their murderous ideology:

"DRIVE THEM OUT of your places of worship. DRIVE THEM OUT of your communities. DRIVE THEM OUT of your holy land, and DRIVE THEM OUT OF THIS EARTH."

These steps demanded by President Trump to defeat the evil of radical Islam are long overdue.  Hopefully, this monstrous attack against children in Manchester will motivate Muslim and non-Muslim leaders around the world to take decisive action.

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Fred Fleitz writes for the Center for Security Policy.  He is senior vice president for policy and programs with the Center for Security Policy. He held U.S. government national security positions for 25 years with the CIA, DIA, and the House Intelligence Committee staff. Fleitz also served as Chief of Staff to John R. Bolton when he was Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security in the George W. Bush administration.


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