IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices) and Suicide Bombers are the tools of terrorism and a scourge to civilized Society.
During Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, a total of 2,547 U.S. service member deaths were caused by IEDs, alone.
In January 2015, a 10 year old girl in Nigeria was used as a suicide bomber to kill 20 people in a market while another male suicide bomber in Lebanon killed seven others in a Café.
More recently, concerns have grown and security heightened at U.S. airports following the release on 24 December 2014 by al Qaeda in Yemen (AQAP) - believed to be the group behind the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris on 7 January 2015 - of a magazine issue that featured instructions on how to build what AQAP called a "hidden bomb" from easily purchasable materials, as well as directions on how would-be lone wolves worldwide can evade airport security scanners and sniffer dogs.
Furthermore, since 17 January, there has been a spike in online threats made against airlines with over 50 threats being made. While none of the threats have proven credible, such threats do result in costly responses from a multitude of military, law enforcement and airport entities that greatly inconvenience and alarm travelers with jet fighter escorts, aircraft diversions, runway closures and even entire airports being shut down.
And, now, ISIS and Al Qaeda are increasingly mounting and calling for attacks on soft targets as a means of deterring Western assaults on their strongholds -- a strategy that is extending the reach of terrorism to hotels, cafés, supermarkets and malls where Europeans and Americans once felt safe.
Such concerns, threats and attacks must be stopped!
It is time now to mitigate, if not outright eliminate, these tools of terror and bring a sense of security back to Society.