One of the most horrifying aspects of terrorism is that it doesn’t take a whole lot of bloodshed for the tactic to be extremely effective.
In the western world, this has not always been the case. In fact, it could be argued that American terrorism is the outlier in terms of the terror:casualties ratio, thanks to the tragedies of 9/11 and the Oklahoma City Bombing. In these attacks, mass carnage was a part of the plan.
But for terrorism on the global stage, the efficacy lies in the unnerving of a population. You never know when or where terror will strike, meaning that your entire being is elevated to a level of constant fear. A bomb in a Christmas market, or a van careening into the patio of a cafe. Terror is more nimble outside of America, where Lady Liberty’s largest concerns come in terms of symbolic catastrophe.
ISIS, arguably the most prolific modern day terror group, understands this explicitly, and are continuing their streak of targeting the symbols of American excellence. With the Fourth of July just days away, this has translated into new threats aimed at one of the nation’s most iconic locations.
The terror fanatics shared an image of Big Ben in London’s Palace of Westminster exploding in flames, with a caption saying: “Coming soon”.
New York’s Manhattan Bridge appeared to be another target as one of the posters showed a US soldier fleeing from an apparent attack in that area.
ISIS supporters also shared an image of a burning plane which appeared to have crash landed in a river near a major city.
The posters also contained ominous messaging.
A caption on the poster reads: “Kill them wherever you find them and capture them and besiege them and sit in wait for them at every place of ambush.”
Another terror poster shows a US soldier escaping from the scene of an attack in New York, near the Manhattan Bridge.
We cannot allow these villainous and vile fanatics detract from our celebrations, as that would constitute a victory for ISIS.
What we must do is remain vigilant in our celebrations of the birth of the world’s greatest nation.
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