As if Friday is a day ordained to be a day for excessive bloodletting of the innocent there were four reported – how many went unreported we don’t know.
These were savage operations, all owned up by the extremist Islamist fringes. In Kuwait, a suicide-bomber blew himself up during Juma prayer in a Shia mosque killing 27 and injuring many more. The attack was instantly claimed by the so-called Islamic State.
Until this Friday both Kuwait and Tunis were believed to be relatively clear of extremist Islamist groups
In Tunis, a happy-go-lucky type walked into a beach resort and killed 38 tourists, mostly from Europe, and the local proxy of the Islamic State took credit for the savage act.
In France, an employee said to be having Islamist leanings killed his American employer. And in Somalia, the militants of al Qaeda affiliate Al-Shebab raided an African Union base and killed some 50 people.
If these were co-ordinated attacks there is no evidence – except, perhaps, for the call given by Islamic State spokesman al-Adnani to ‘engage in Jihad and embrace martyrdom during Ramazan’.
And what an irony – the chickens are coming home to roost.
Until this Friday both Kuwait and Tunis were believed to be relatively clear of extremist Islamist groups, which are so much a bane of many other Muslim countries. But that was misperception; the Islamic State is very much there.
Otherwise, how could a man, who flies into Kuwait City in the morning, gets a ready-to-use suicide-jacket and offered logistic support within a few hours of his arrival if the IS had no local base and support. Let Kuwaitis draw satisfaction, albeit vicariously, that the suicide-bomber was a Saudi and not a Kuwaiti. But the fact is that he was only the colon in the machine which is based in Kuwait, and for that matter everywhere else in the Middle East.
And what an irony – the chickens are coming home to roost. But for the Gulf states’ generous donations the sect-based militancy would not have acquired potential and capacity which is today as much a threat to their intended target, Iran, as it is to the security and stability of its erstwhile benefactors.