Ambassador Tibor Nagy Shares His ‘State of the World’ Thoughts [AUDIO]
Ambassador Tibor Nagy Jr., vice provost of international affairs for Texas Tech University, shared his thoughts with Lubbock's First News' Tom Collins and Laura Mac about his recent "State of the World" speech Tuesday.
Nagy believes that even though the presence of Barack Obama would have "been a circus," he believes the administration created a serious faux pas by not sending a higher profile representative top participate in the recent anti-terror rally held in Paris in the wake of last week's attacks on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
"Why not get one of our distinguished former Presidents who presents the United States so well, they carry the flag, they need a much smaller security detail...send someone," he said. "Symbolism, in these kinds of events, symbolism matters. You remember when President Bush went to the World Trade Center site, you know, shortly after? It was a tremendous boost for the country's morale. That's what you need from leadership."
Even though there has been a large show of unity in the face of terror in France, Nagy does not believe that the attacks will change French firearms policies even for the police in that nation.
Nagy stated that "The heart of Jihad has shifted from Al Qaeda to the Islamic State. The success ISIS has had in recruiting jihadists and maintaining control of the land in Syria that it does."
Nagy also said that bombing will not prevail against the Islamic State's light artillery and ground forces. He thinks it will take ground troops from a coalition of Turkish, Iranian and Syrian forces -- three nations that do not get along -- to overcome ISIS.
Nagy believes that Boko Haram, the Nigerian-based Muslim extremist organization, will be a major force on the geo-political scene in the coming year.
The organization recently razed the city of Baga, killing approximately 2,000 Nigerians (a majority of which were women, children and the elderly) and recruiting and using a 10-year-old female suicide bomber in an attack on a market in Maiduguri, killing at least 10 people and injuring others Saturday.
Nagy feels Boko Haram will increase it's level of activity because of the pressure it can put on world crude oil prices. Nigerian produces about 2 million barrels of crude per day, and that would dramatically affect world crude supplies if the African nation's contributions to the supply became limited.
Cyber terrorism will be one of the major stories on the world scene in 2015, said Nagy.
He likened cyber terrorists to the infamous bank robber John Dillinger, who said that the reason he robbed banks was "because that's where the money is."
Nagy fears a September 11-style cyber attack could have a monumental impact on global economies, going so far as to suggest that individuals not have all of their finances tied up in electronic means.
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