Just as stealth "soft" Jihadists surreptitiously are using Western institutions against us, those involved in the violent Jihad are coopting technology to plan and execute attacks. At Lawhawk, A Blog for All:
Reports indicate that the Islamic terrorists in the deadly Mumbai attacks used Google Earth to help plan and carry out the attacks. Other reports indicate that the terrorists communicated with Blackberries to coordinate the attacks.
Meanwhile, the pirates operating off Somalia may have a few technological tricks up their sleeves, courtesy of technology required for shipping. It is quite possible that the pirates are using mapping technology, coupled with GPS locators to strike out deep in the Indian Ocean to hit at shipping. The mapping technology provides highly accurate locations of ships, including their bearings and speed, enabling terrorists or pirates (really one in the same), to close and hijack the ships and their cargos. Dave Hardy has more details about how the pirates appear to be operating (HT: Instapundit).
This is part of a longstanding trend by the terrorists to coopt technologies that many people around the world take for granted and use them for unmitigated evil.
After all, terrorists turned jet planes into flying bombs creating the carnage on 9/11 killing nearly 3,000 people in New York City, Washington, DC, and Shanksville, PA. Terrorists have also sought to carry out still more hijackings of planes for similar mass casualty attacks.
If anything, people must remain vigilant to watch for emerging terror threats and technologies that terrorists could potentially coopt for their evil missions.
A spate of "low technology" attacks on women:
And here is another kind of terrorism, personal attacks against women in whose faces acid is tossed out of revenge, to prevent remarriage, or to punish for violating some norm, such as attending school.