The London terror attack was hard to stop because of the nature of modern terrorism. Lone wolves can radicalise themselves over the internet. Without bombs, guns or even a terrorist network, intelligence agencies have very little to intercept. Yesterday’s terrorist used a car and a knife, which are available to anyone. Similar attacks have recently taken place in Germany, France and Israel. The Quint’s Chine Labbé and Adrian Croft state that this brand of lone wolf terrorism is very difficult to stop because of its primitive nature.
Past events have shown that families and communities have a strong influence on lone wolves. Omar Mateen, the Florida mass shooter had a homophobic and pro-Taliban father, who helped run a radical islamic centre. Paul Sperry of the NY Post suggests that Mateen’s family was aware of his plan and had contributed to his radicalisation. Looking at several US terror attacks Sperry finds a pattern that indicates that we should look at the backgrounds and environments that these terrorists come from in order to tackle the problem.