A COGENT IF CHILLING SHORT PIECE ON TERRORISTS FROM ALJAZEERA
Guns Do Not Have a Religion
In his weekly blog on security issues Imran Khan explains how attacks like the Tunis one are an easy way to cause chaos
What are almost impossible to detect are 'Lone Wolf' attacks that required little more than a gun, some bullets and the will.
I was reminded of this as images from Tunis filled our TV screens of panicked tourists running from gunfire outside of the Bardo National Museum. This, and similar attacks this year in Paris and Pakistan, highlight just how effective this is.
These types of attacks are very difficult to defend against and for Tunisia the effect this will have will ripple through society. This is a country that survives on its tourism.
An audio tape released on Thursday suggests that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claimed responsibility for the attack in Tunis.
Dar ul Harb is slightly more complex. That is where Islam does not rule. For ISIL that is the rest of the world.
ISIL want chaos in that part of the world because they see chaos leading to the rise of Islam. Using a gun and attacking tourist sites is a pretty easy way to spread chaos.
You go on protests, try and make your voice heard. What you do is wake one morning and decide to shoot up your school in a fit of rage. You are Eric Harris, and along with Dylan Klebold you will go down in history as the Columbine School shooters who killed 13 people and themselves in 1999.
Those attacks on Columbine were inspired, according to an FBI report, by an anger at the world and perceived injustices. That is not that dissimilar to the motivation ISIL fighters have.
It is a painful thing for a society to admit, but attacks like Columbine, like the ones in Tunis, will not stop, and living with them is the only realistic option.