It appears a bomb took down a Russian airliner flying out of the Egyptian Sinai resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. If that proves to be the case, claims of responsibility by the Islamic State’s franchise in the area may prove to be accurate.
If so, the global jihad movement may have achieved not just a tactical terrorist victory, but perhaps a strategic two-fer.
First, the jihadists will have painfully punished Moscow for its latest military operations against them, this time in Syria, but reminiscent of the Kremlin’s earlier, ruthless campaigns in Afghanistan and Chechnya.
Second, the global jihad could devastate the economy of another of its enemies – Egypt, which depends on tourism even as it wages a war to the death against Islamic supremacists in the Sinai and elsewhere.
We need a leader who understands the global jihad movement – and will defeat it.