By David French
While any given terrorist attack is largely unpredictable, long and bitter experience with jihad does allow us to identify certain trends — certain laws of jihadist behavior. First, it is quite clear that jihadist success tends to breed more jihad. And second, when terrorists possess safe havens, they have time to plan, execute, and — crucially — inspire new acts of terror.
Consider what’s happened in the United States and abroad since ISIS launched its blitzkrieg in 2014. It didn’t just gain a small nation’s worth of territory, population, and resources, it also inspired jihadists the world over. In America, we’ve confronted actual or attempted jihadist mass shootings in Chattanooga, Garland (Texas), San Bernardino, and now Orlando. This list doesn’t include less deadly individual Islamist attacks like we’ve seen at the University of California, Merced, and in the attempted police officer assassination in Philadelphia.
Overseas, the toll has been even worse. With Paris and Brussels wracked with violence, a Russian jetliner bombed out of the sky, Turkey and Beirut bombed, and with ISIS-inspired violence reaching all the way to Australia, jihad has spread like a deadly virus.
This is what happens when the world gives jihad oxygen.