I’m just not sure this is the case - do you have any evidence/numbers? I’m pretty sure if we talk globally, peak suicide bombings (and suicide attacks in general) in sometime back when Afghanistan and Iraq were under the tail end of occupation, like, say, five years ago. We had suicide bombings daily then - sometimes multiple per day.
Whereas now, there are more attacks in the West and in Turkey, than, say, the last few years, but I’m not sure you can claim that’s a rise globally. I feel like there were way more suicide attacks in Africa - particularly Kenya and maybe Nigeria in, say, 2014 and 2015 than this year so far, for example.
If we treat all lives as having equal relevance, and speaking globally, surely we should, I do not think you can saying things “appear to be on the rise” without some actual evidence, rather than a gut feeling. Gut feelings are absolutely the wrong measure to use here - you couldn’t find a worse measure. Terrorism is like crime - people as a whole always, without exception, think that it’s getting worse if it’s happening at all (individuals may be exceptions of course). Only zero terrorism ever makes people think it’s not getting worse. With crime, people have consistently felt like it’s getting worse for decades, whilst it’s got better for decades - and not by a small amount!
We had some idiot governor or senator in the US claiming the violence against police was getting worse and it was “no longer the country he grew up”. Whilst the latter is true (and will always be true - you can never go home, asshole!), he’s just flatly wrong - about twice as many police died in shootings in Reagan’s reign as Obama’s. Even if you factor in improved police protocols, improved medicine and so on, you also have to factor in increased population, and so that’s a wash - leaving Obama’s era as having far lower real, actual violence against the police. But that’s not the perception.
One thing to consider - have you ever heard about the hijacking spree of the 1970s? It used to be that planes were hijacked all the damn time, like all the time, to the point where it was the subject of jokes and so on. It seems like once people got this idea about hijacking, lots of people - often mentally unstable people - decided to copycat it. But eventually that trailed off. Why? Partly because of improved security (but not really - security was still lax as hell in 2001, as we all know), but also because it was a cultural phenomenon, which eventually had it’s time. I know that’s not super-reassuring, and we don’t know how long this will go on for - but at some point I’m pretty sure that, even if it is “on the rise”, which I am little skeptical of - it will start to become unfashionable. It’s already losing much of it’s shock value.
I don’t think it’s ever going to become a truly serious issue unless there is some sort of seriously depraved, say, rape-y attack in the English-speaking West. I’m pretty sure, right now, everyone who is horribly offended by “Muslim terrorists” and thinks that all Muslims are responsible, already thinks that. I don’t think more attacks of the same nature will change that. I don’t even think a “bigger bomb” attack would - like nuclear, radioactive, chemical or biological. It might well trigger a government response or another war, but I don’t think you get people acting out against Muslims in general more than than already are. As stupid and evil as some people are, most of those people are also lazy and cowardly (these vices tend to hang together), and a lot more people are just live and let live and understand the Muslims aren’t all the same - in particularly they “know” that all the Muslim people they come across regularly “aren’t those kind of Muslims”, so whilst they might be inclined so suggest or support notional restrictions on Muslims in general, they aren’t going to do anything themselves.
If they kicked it up a notched and managed to do something that was peculiarly depraved, pervy and creepy, in the West, aaaaaaaaaand managed to themselves blame it on Islam in some sort of very public way, then yeah, maybe that could push people over the edge, but I don’t see how that could happen, frankly, nor do any of the terrorists we’ve seen, seem interested in this kind of thing. To make this problem worse, you’d really need to change the psychology, not just the scale and not just to continue doing it. I think way more people believe condemnations of this kind of thing coming out of Muslim groups now than they did, in say, 2001. Especially as ISIS is always claiming responsibility, and even most dumb scumbags can see the difference between ISIS and “Muslims in general”. I mean, sure provocateurs on FOX or that shitbag pretend-left wing guy on US TV who is massively Islamophobic (I forget his name) pretend they can’t, but I don’t think anyone who doesn’t already hate/fear Muslims is going to have their mind changed by them.
Welcome to thirty years ago! Have a fun stay!
I mean, no insult but seriously I had to get used to the idea of being “a target” back when the IRA were regularly bombing the areas where I lived and went to school. Everyone living in a big city has to get over it sooner or later I think. Did drive the Americans pretty nuts with 9/11 when they finally realized terrorists from outside America could potentially blow things up INSIDE America too! But even they mostly got over it.