Our safety is under threat as more and more attacks are being carried out by various terrorist groups and affiliates around the world. This is an opportunity to change the way we think about terrorism and to neutralize its efficacy by refusing to be scared and to give in, even as it appears these attacks are becoming more common.
There has been a significant increase in the number of public attacks across the World. The latest American citizen to be killed abroad is just a continuation of the public attacks that have become all-so common. These public attacks are not just isolated to certain parts of the World. Instead, this violence is occurring Globally.
As ISIS loses ground thanks to Iraq's government forces recapturing towns such as Fallujah, there has been an increase of suicide bombers and 'lone wolf' attacks on soft targets around the world. Other terrorist groups also find it easy to recruit individuals to carry out similar attacks in public. Such atrocities continue to give major publicity to the terrorists' 'causes' and the promise of of the rewards for martyrdom encourage further attacks. However, the attacker in Russell Square suffered mental illness, an ongoing cause of random public attacks.
In the last year there have been so many public attacks around the world. It is likely becoming more well known because those attacks are now not just happening in the Middle East but all over the world, including Europe and the United States. This makes it more of a reality for people who don't feel connect to events in the Middle East.