The Arab Spring is a double-edged sword: on one hand it lays the groundwork for democracy in the Middle East while in other regions untraceable terrorism is proliferated. This dark threat is Terrorism 2.0.
What is Terrorism 2.0?
Moroccan authorities recently broke up two terrorist cells who were planning to attack police stations, French journalists, and Jewish businesses in Casablanca. Saudi authorities have worked tirelessly over the last several years and have captured over 149 terrorists as well.
These arrests are notable because these cells never trained with or contacted Al Qaeda. The only linking thread between the two is their terrifying ideology. The zeitgeist of terrorist threat has become more nebulous as more independent cells threaten international stability.
Who Are These Independent Terrorists?
They are the foot soldiers of Terrorism 2.0.
Regardless of where new terrorists crop up all recruits have several similar characteristics. First, they are indignant and horrified by perceived Western aggressions against Islam. Second, economic, political, and social woes are largely attributed to the “Western menace.” Finally, converts join with fanatic groups to carry out plots of death and destruction. That is what makes them terrorists.
Al Qaeda previously scooped up these radicals, crafting them into walking bombs. That was Terrorism 1.0; today we live in a brave new world. After a decade of full-fledged war against Al Qaeda new converts now have to train themselves because Al Qaeda is too weak to train them. Members of Terrorism 2.0 plot in Internet forums and work independently from any central organization.
New terrorists have little training, but they are hard to pick out of the larger population. Al Qaeda is now more of a social movement than a structure organization. These independent terrorists are just well publicized guerrillas. Regardless, they are still a notable threat.
Is Islam a Religion For Terrorists?
Islam is inherently a good and ethical religion. For example, one of the core values Islam stresses alms giving. Islamic priests preach the same moral qualities that their Christian counterparts do. The only major distinction between the religions is that Islam believes in religious prophets after Jesus, culminating with Muhammad, and Christians do not. The majority of followers of the Islamic faith, Muslims, do not subscribe to any part of the extremist philosophy that has made Islam infamous.
Many uneducated critics point to the term of Jihad to justify contempt of Muslims. Jihad not a reason to hate Islam, instead it is a core justification behind why the faith is a good. This term has many definitions, ranging from a tough internal struggle to a secular war in the defense of Islam. At its heart, Jihad is the goal of every Muslims to aspire to do the right thing despite external coercion and internal desires. This is the same value taught to kindergarteners. There is nothing inherently threatening about Jihads.
How Should We View Terrorism 2.0?
The independent terrorists are the TEA Party of the Middle East.
Both are simply religious fanatics acting on rampant bigotry. For example, both share anti-Semitic targets and religiously conservative methodologies. Only the specific religion of the two is different; the TEA Party has Christianity while the Muslim terrorists have Islam. Both faiths are equally dangerous in these wrong hands.
Only once Jihad is polarized to the point of suicide bombings does it become dangerous. Of course, Christianity is also dangerous once it has been weaponized by the TEA Party and fired upon minorities, such as the homosexual population.
Terrorism 2.0 is already epidemic in the Middle East.
My question is will Terrorism 2.0 develop in the TEA Party? Many speculate it already has.