The world is a dark place, isn’t it? Famine, disease, natural disaster – there’s just a plethora of things that could either end lives in a heartbeat or erode it slowly out of existence.
One horror that the world is currently facing, and has faced it since God knows how long, is terrorism. Read more
Much of the world’s electrical energy, about 11 percent globally, is derived from nuclear power sources. South Korea, for example, gets 40 percent of its power from nuclear sources. Japan, currently undergoing severe nuclear catastrophes on top of natural disasters – a recorded 9.0 earthquake, and the inevitable tsunami which follows quakes, uses nuclear power for 30 percent of its electrical energy needs. Read more
The threat of nuclear weapons has been prevalent since the second half of the 20th century. The size of nuclear arsenals worldwide has grown substantially, and now includes strategic and tactical weapons. The sophistication of nuclear technology has also grown, and countries seem to be in an arms race to develop and acquire the most advanced nuclear devices. There still exists a political dependence on the doctrine of deterrence, namely the threat of mutually assured destruction (MAD), which is used as a strategy for security. Read more
Marc Sageman, ex-CIA officer and Senior Fellow at the Center on Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism, and Homeland Security at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia, surveyed the origin of global neo-Jihadi terror plots in the last five years and found that in 78 per cent of cases there is no link to a command from the Afghan/Pakistani border region.
Marc Sageman presented his comprehensive survey covering 60 global neo-Jihadi plots since 1988 in his testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in October 2009. The criteria included both failed and successful plots by Al Qaeda core, affiliated and inspired groups. Sageman’s results showed only 20 per cent of the sample could be attributed to the AQ core command. Sageman also found evidence of a decline in AQ core instigated attacks since 2001 and an upsurge of AQ-inspired autonomous plots since the Iraq invasion in 2003.