Since the 9/11 attacks, the group responsible has lost its main leader, decentralised itself but has kept its message alive. Western governments should continue to pursue the omnipresent threat, but it should deal lightly with the message itself - which is adequately being challenged organically by the Arab Spring.
John Mackinlay reviews 'Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam' by John A Nagl and 'Peacekeeping in the Abyss: British and American Doctrine and Practice after the Cold War' by Robert Cassidy
As of Wednesday, 4 July, the current threat level in the UK remains at Critical, having been raised to this, the highest of five possible levels, on Saturday 30 June following failed car bomb attacks on Central London and Glasgow Airport.
The failed terrorist bombings of London and Glasgow allow a collective sigh of relief. Initial analysis suggests that the bombs were viable and if detonated would have caused massive loss of life, injury and damage.