Danish authorities have just sunk another plot to strike the West.

According to press reports, “Denmark’s intelligence service says it has arrested four people plotting what it called an ‘imminent’ terrorist attack against the Jyllands-Posten newspaper, which printed controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. The head of the agency, Jakob Scharf, described some of the suspects as ‘militant Islamists.’ He said the group had been planning to enter the newspaper’s building and kill as many people as possible.”

It sounds like another “homegrown” plot. We have seen all too many of these of late. They are consistent with the pattern of recent extremist activities—the throw-the-spaghetti-at-the-wall strategy—just do something, anything! Osama bin Laden launched his terror campaign by going after the “far” enemy: the U.S. and Europe. When that didn’t work, he turned his sights on the “near” enemy fomenting attacks in Muslim countries. According to a recent report by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, that has only hastened the decline of his cause. External pressures and internal divisions have taken their toll. The report describes the jihadi movement, helmed by al-Qaeda, as “one that lacks coherence and unity, despite its claims to the contrary.” Bin Laden’s organization has suffered reversals on virtually every front and shows “clear signs of decline.”

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