World Ch. Schedule : THU 20:00 KST
* Date : 2017-01-07
On December 19, chaos broke out at a Christmas market in Berlin. A large truck plowed into the market, leaving 12 people dead. Including this truck terror, the world has seen a continual rise of random acts of violence. In March, a serial bomb attack took place in Brussels, while in June a suicide bomb was set off at Ataturk airport in Istanbul, Turkey. In that same month, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history occurred at a nightclub in Orlando. Weeks later, a truck crashed into crowds in Nice, claiming the lives of many innocent people. Although countries have taken extra steps to curb terrorism, the world still continues to struggle to find a way to address some of the root causes.
Since the turn of century, the fear of terrorism has spread across the globe. Following the 9/11 terror attacks in the U.S. in 2001, other major attacks such as the 2004 train bombings in Madrid and the 2015 attacks in Paris have claimed the lives of many. What sums up the prevailing trend in these recent acts of brutality is soft target terrorism, referring to when vulnerable citizens are targeted at venues that are part of their daily lives. When it comes to Korea, it is no longer isolated from the threat of terrorism. In November 2015, a propaganda video released by IS listed Korea as being part of the ‘global coalition against the Islamic State.’ Also in June last year, IS listed Korean civilians and U.S. military facilities in the country as its targets. We sit down to discuss the evolution of terrorism and the possibility of seeing a terrorist attack in Korea.