California’s United States Senator Dianne Feinstein has been very busy giving interviews regarding the bombing of innocent civilians whether onboard the Russian Metrojet or the terror attacks in Paris and Beirut, but she has also caught some attention for her recent remarks regarding the U.S. strategy against the organization called either ISIS, ISIL or Daesh which claims responsibility for the attacks.
The Senator serves as Vice Chair for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and she has oversight responsibility for many civilian and military agencies or departments which make up the U.S. Intelligence Community. So, when she states that “ISIL is not contained,” as she did tell MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on the host’s news show recently, and then re-states it on her own official press page, it perhaps should be noted as being important.
‘ISIL is expanding’
“ISIL is expanding,” she also told Mitchell in the recent interview. “They’ve just put out a video saying it is their intent to attack this country. I think we have to be prepared. I think hopefully France will go for a Chapter 5, which will bring NATO into it. Hopefully, we will work with our allies to put together the kind of coalitions and attack plans in more than one place at a given time. There’s only one way we are going to diminish them and that is by taking them out, because they are growing. They are in more than a dozen countries now. They are sophisticated. They have apps to communicate on that cannot be pierced even with a court order. So they have a kind of secret way of being able to conduct operations and operational planning. So we should take this very, very seriously.”
Her remarks on various media seem the opposite of those stated by fellow Democrat and U.S. President Barack Obama, who told the world this month that ISIS was ‘contained’ just a day before the terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attacks in Paris, according to an account published by writer Kelly Mclaughlin at the UKdailyMail online.
The U.S. Senator from California also told Jake Tapper of CNN it is important for the world to “work together” on this issue. In an interview, mentioned on Feinstein’s official press page, she told the host of The Lead: “I think the three big events … whether it’s Beirut, whether it’s the Russian passenger liner, whether it’s Paris, indicates a scope and a depth to the ability of ISIS to operate. I think far more important is how do we get the free, democratic, Western world together to be able to work together to provide some element of safety to people and also to defeat what is the worst scourge I have seen in my political lifetime.” (See Feinstein’s official press report.)
Report on global terror
A recently released report on global terror, from the Institute for Economics and Peace, seems to underscore Senator Feinstein’s concern. This provides a statistical analysis of 162 countries and outlines “trends in peace and conflict, the economic cost of violence, and an assessment of the attitudes, structures and institutions that sustain peaceful societies.”
The number of “lives lost to terrorism” has increased by 80% in 2014. This rise is seen as “dramatic” by the reporters, as it reflects ” the highest level ever recorded at 32,658.” In 2013, the number of those killed was given as 8,111, according to the third edition of the Global Terrorism Index (GTI), just released. This represents an increase of deaths caused by terrorists cited by the analysis.
ISIL and the allied Boko Haram
The IEP report this year reveals “just two terrorist groups, ISIL and Boko Haram, are now jointly responsible for 51% of all global fatalities from claimed terrorist attacks.” Furthermore, it is the Boko Haram group, which last March pledged allegiance to ISIL as the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP), that is deemed the “world’s deadliest terrorist group, causing 6,644 deaths compared to ISIL’s 6,073,” per the report summary analysis details.
Terrorism is “highly concentrated” in just five countries, per this report: Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan and Syria. However it seems to account “for 78% of all deaths in 2014.” In the informational summary, the statement appears that “Iraq continues to be the country most impacted by terrorism, with 3,370 attacks killing 9,929 people. This is the highest number of terrorism incidents and fatalities ever recorded by a single country. Nigeria recorded the largest increase in deaths from terrorism, rising by over 300% to 7,512 fatalities.”