Posted February 28th, 2014, 12:28 PM
Although there is an element of truth to what your saying (re Egypt) your post shows how terrorists work and the results it provides. Carry out one or two missions to raise your profile and then threaten to do more. Result, people scared! Now what I've said is also an over simplification of the problem, but that just goes to show how complicated the problem is.
Given the choice most Egyptians will provide for their family, carrying out acts of terrorism is done only by the very few.
You make a good point. BUT it is only the few all over the WORLD that actually participate in acts of terror. Believe me, I have spent the last 8 years in and out of the Middle East, particularly Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait, working as a logistics planner for the US Military making sure our soldiers had all the food and "sustainment" items they needed.
Did I feel safe around the general populations in Iraq and Afghanistan? As a general rule, yes. But I always was hyper aware that one of those women or one of the men could be a terrorist with an IED, an AK or other type of bomb that would kill me. So it only takes ONE.
But when you have a large percentage of the underlying population NOT liking Westerners period (like in Egypt, definitely in the older population of Iran, parts of Saudi, obviously Yemen, Somalia, etc. etc), you are in even more danger because you can't ever believe that the local group you may be associated with even has any empathy for you as a human, let alone a Westerner.
ENTIRELY different mind set in the Middle East for the most part about a lot of things that are completely foreign to most of us. Everyone needs to read and understand all the UNDERLYING political intel and the basic tenets of Islam (NOT the radicalized parts), NOT just the headlines. One thing that surprised me more than anything-IF there is a car wreck, a bombing, a heart attack, someone hurt for whatever reason, you DO NOT help someone in any way, shape or form UNLESS you are a first responder or family or very close friend.
It is Allah's will what happens to that person and if you are an Infidel or even a stranger Muslim, you can be jailed, executed and very probably beaten up by family or close friends for even offering help. I don't know how many times I saw little kids, particularly in Afghanistan, that were hurt, bleeding from bombs, gun fire, getting hit by a car, etc. etc. I wanted to at least give them a hug. One time, we came upon a scene where my armed escorts had to physically hold me back because this little girl (about 3) was just screaming, screaming, screaming with her Dad dying in the street and she was bleeding. I wanted to help at least get her away from her Dad. One of my Triply Canopy guards actually picked me up over his shoulder and started running to get me out of there. A VERY different world in parts of the Middle East.