Monday, July 12, 2010

Thoughts on the Terrorist Attack in Uganda

Yesterday, two bombings took place in Kampala, Uganda where people were gathered to watch the World Cup Final between Spain and The Netherlands.

As of this writing, 74 people have lost their lives. One American is amongst the dead.

Al-Shabaab, a Somali based terrorist organization aligned with al Qaeda, has claimed responsibility for the attacks. It is the first time al-Shabaab has carried out a terrorist attack outside of Somalia.

Islamic terrorism is the world's biggest problem. Although the acts of Islamic terrorist organizations are often directed at the United States and other Western countries they are not confined to them. Islamic terrorism is a means to establish a global caliphate. This means Islamic terrorism is a global problem. Unfortunately, much of the world has other priorities up to and including the Obama Administration.

If the world used the same energy and vigor against Islamic terrorism that it does against Israel it wouldn't be nearly the problem it is now.

As far as African countries go, Uganda is amongst the most democratic which surely makes it threat to the spread of Islam on the continent. It will be interesting to see how the Ugandan government responds to this attack in the coming weeks and months.

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