Seeds: Over the last few months of terror attacks around the globe, the international community has been pushing to eradicate groups such as ISIS. The Pentagon recently announced that two ISIS commanders have been killed in a U.S.-led airstrike, something that is a touch of relief after months of attacks with hundreds killed.
Core: The latest event that ISIS has claimed (this has not been confirmed, as it was a social media presence that is not officially affiliated with ISIS that claimed the attack) was an armed invasion of a restaurant in the diplomatic section of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka. 20 people were held hostage, two were killed and 40 were injured. Bangladesh experienced many issues lately as bloggers, priests, religious minorities and academics have all been killed, mostly by terrorists claiming Islam as their reasoning for the atrocities.
Skin: In response to recent terror attacks, many have pushed to increase the United States’ use of drone strikes in order to target terror groups. Furthermore, the ethics of drone warfare is a recurring debate. The American public is simultaneously anxious and bloodthirsty after the numerous attacks, making drone warfare a particularly contentious topic. The Obama administration recently released data that showed that drone strikes conducted outside of “conventional war zones” have killed anywhere between 64-116 civilians. Previous estimates suggest that 900 civilians within traditional war zones have also been killed by U.S. drone strikes. At the same time, an estimated 2,500 terrorists and suspected terrorists have also been killed by drone strikes.
Leaves: It is likely that Bangladesh will continue having problems with crime given the significant increase within the last two years. Also, there is no doubt that terrorism will be at the forefront of debate and conversation in the upcoming election in the United States, wherein drone warfare will most likely be discussed.
Food For Thought: Do you think drone warfare is ethical? Do you think there is anything the international community can do to aid Bangladesh? Do you think that this attack was the work of ISIS or another group such as Al Qaeda?