Arlington, VA 22202 March 7, 2016
One person I respect immensely is Commissioner Mark Rowley of Scotland Yard. His assessments on potential threats over the past several years have been so accurate and incisive that the description probably should be 'simply amazing'. In his latest report, cited in the Guardian USA Edition today, the Commissioner expresses his views that the attacks of ISIS (Daesh) are increasing in both intensity and complexity. As he indicates, “In recent months we’ve seen a broadening of that (the attacks), much more plans to attack western lifestyle. Going from that narrow focus on police and military as symbols of the state to something much broader. And you see a terrorist group which has big ambitions for enormous and spectacular attacks, not just the types that we’ve seen foiled to date.”
The Commissioner brings up a very interesting point here. Daesh, in my view, has been feeling its way along in both the UK, and the US, committing to ever-increasing attacks, and targeting police, other civil responders, and now the general public to increase the tension and fear among the populace on what might occur next. More importantly, they are learning from their activities, becoming even more capable, having more lethal weapons, and striking out in more asynchronous ways, trying to prevent law enforcement from anticipating their next activities.
Form Americans, the message seems clear--what they can do in Britain they can do in the United States, France, Germany, or any other Western Nation which chooses to fight their advances in the Middle East. Inflicting pain on us is supposed to reduce our commitment to sending them to heaven without virgins. it will not happen.
Read the story in the Guardian - Rowley Interview, and see for yourself what the Commissioner sees in the future. It is well worth the read to be prepared, and not surprised as the levels of attacks increase.