When it comes to political whoppers, in what arguably falls into the same category as “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan,” Barack Obama’s repeated claims that the world is a safer and less violent place doesn’t quite jive with what’s really happening throughout the world. As reported by the left of center Haaretz news service (of Tel Aviv, Israel) on Jan. 4, 2015, the amount of suicide bomber attacks across the globe have almost doubled.
Citing a report from the Tel Aviv-based Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), suicide bombing during the past year skyrocketed 94 percent as compared to 2013. The Tel Aviv University-based think tank contributed the lion’s share of the massive increase of the terrorist tactic to the rise of ISIS in Syria and Iraq, as well as the American quasi-withdrawal from Afghanistan
Nonetheless, while appearing in a virtual town hall meeting on-line with the CEO of the social media giant Tumblr.com this past summer, Obama made a point of stating that “The world is less violent than it has ever been.” The Chief Executive pushed the bounds of credibility when he stated in the same breath his take of global attitudes, “It is more tolerant than it has ever been.”
Apparently not done yet, while on his just ended Christmas vacation in Hawaii, Obama visited a crowd of military members and their families that numbered in the dozens. Giving what has been dubbed his Christmas message to the troops, Obama said in a prepared speech, “The world is better, it’s safer, it’s more peaceful.”
As noted by Breitbart.com late in 2014, Obama skipped out on on the majority of his daily intelligence briefings. Attending a mere only 42.4 percent of his daily intelligence briefings (known officially as the Presidential Daily Brief, or PDB) during his first term, his attendance didn’t improve with time. During his second term through September 29, 2014, the Commander in Chief actually attended even fewer PDBs, a mere 41.2 percent.
In the meantime, the INSS expects the trend to continue in 2015 due to the resurgence of al-Qaeda and their Syrian/Iraqi-based affiliate ISIS. While the death count from suicide attacks increased 37.5 percent to 3,400 people last year, compared with 2,200 in 2013. Possibly a sign of the ISIS call for more “lone wolf” acts of terrorism throughout the world, there were 592 bombings last year, compared with 305 in 2013.
As stated in the INSS report, “Suicide bombings are not just an effective tactic for them in terms of their goal of causing death and destruction and establishing fear, but are also a commercial symbol and proof of the willingness of their activists to sacrifice themselves in the way of God.”
INSS also cites “The claim that most suicide bombings are carried out against foreign occupiers has been proved false once again. Only 3 percent of all suicide bombings were carried out against foreign armies, while most were conducted against government, military and local security-force targets, or based on religious or ethnic rivalries.”
Gee, I wonder what this button’s for?