The June edition of the Atlantic dropped through my letterbox today, as usual there are a huge amount of articles worth reading. But the World in Numbers section this month stands out.
It is a graphical representation of Al-Qaeda attacks since 1996 – when Osama declared a Jihad against US troops in Saudi Arabia. Fascinating stuff. It confirms my long held suspicion and even belief, that the war on terror, far from being won, is in fact having little effect.
In a graph titled “An escalating tempo of attacks” a timeline of 1996 – 2004 is shown, with magnitudes of attacks and ratio of fatalities per attack to operative combatants.
Since the USS Cole attack, the tempo has increasing dramatically – with 18 attacks since then.
It all makes for ominous reading, even the byline – “The ever resilient terrorist group continues to adapt – and is rapidly breeding a fully fledged movement”