The emergence of terror as a means through which people purport to fight for their rights and recognition is one of the most absurd phenomena in human history. The fact that terror is now anchored in religion makes it necessary for nations to develop policies so as to advance the state of security across the world and also ensure that terrorists are dealt with even when they cross international borders (Vidino, 2008). Since the September 11th terrorist attack in US soil, terror attempts have risen across the world and although a number have been thwarted, quite many have also been successful resulting in many casualties (Boyle, 2011). There have been terror attacks against American interests such as the twin bombing of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998, Oklahoma city bombing in 1995, US embassy bombing in Libya in 2012, among many others. One of the alarming facts is that the majority of terror attacks are orchestrated by Islamists who take a radical stance in their interpretation and understanding of the concept of Jihad and holy war. Terror groups such as Al-Qaeda, Al-Shabaab, Mujahedeen, Taliban, Boko Haram and the latest Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or IS) are a serious threat to lovers of peace in the Middle East and the rest of the world. The truth of the matter is that even though such groups have their epicenter in the Middle East, their atrocities are meted out on people who often are in different regions of the world. The US has borne the brunt of terrorists and pays a huge price in securing its interests across the world (Khan, 2010). This essay discusses the threat of radical Islam in the Middle East and why the US should worry over the ability of domestic terrorists to collaborate with terrorists from the Middle East. .
The Threat of Radical Islam in the Middle East.
Radical Islam in the Middle East poses a threat on peace not only in the region but to the Western world since jihadists view the West as enemies of their fundamentalist ideologies.