What scenario could be worse than ISIS terrorists entering the U.S. through its southern border and carrying out an attack on our schools?   Consider the potential for ISIS to convincing people already in the U.S., possibly including students, to do it for them.

The foundation of ISIS ideology is creating chaos through savage attacks. The book “Management of Savagery: The Most Critical Stage Through Which the Islamic Nation Will Pass” by the terror strategist Abu Bakr Naji describes this core component of ISIS ideological training.

Management of Savagery teaches that success is obtained by enacting a vicious campaign of attacks that cause chaos and a decay government authority. This chaos creates the opportunity for ISIS to enact social services that are more stable than the savagery; thereby creating acceptance of their ideology.

Management of Savagery purports that U.S. intervention in the Middle East will lack resolve and can be curtailed though violence. An example states, “If the number of Americans killed is one tenth of the number of Russians killed in Afghanistan and Chechnya, they will flee, heedless of all else.” If this doctrine is to be given credibility, an attack on U.S. soil is a plausible ISIS scenario to force the U.S. withdrawal from the Middle East.

The threat of radicalization, ISIS lust for media exposure, and possible ISIS affiliated camps reported near the southern border all highlight the need for improvement in U.S. preparedness efforts. Existing all-hazards plans and training should serve as a platform on which to develop hazard-specific programs. To address the threat posed by radicalization of students, school districts need to expand threat assessment programs to consider ideological-based warning signs.

ISIS is a terrorist organization that is implementing teachings from a book called Management of Savagery (also translated as the Administration of Savagery). It is hard to think of target that is more attractive than a school. When preparing for this threat, we need to do more than look at the border.


This post is part of an upcoming SafePlans’ white paper regarding the terrorist threat facing schools and how they can prepare/   It may be printed and reposted with proper attribution.

Brad Spicer, CEO of SafePlans (www.safeplans.com) is the creator of ERIP, an all-hazards preparedness platform that is designated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology.

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