The Profound Global Implications of the Paris Attacks
It is already abundantly clear that the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris could change the course of international politics. The Islamic State group is not "contained," as U.S. President Barack Obama unfortunately argued just hours before the assault on civilians in France. Islamic State now holds a position not unlike that of al-Qaida in 2001 -- a global terrorist outfit that enjoys a secure territorial base and has a proven ability to strike soft targets in the West.
Disturbingly, it is both more flush with cash and has been more successful than al-Qaida in recruiting Asians, Americans and, especially, Europeans into its ranks, giving it a unique ability to attack open societies thousands of miles from the Middle East. The implications are profound.