Foreign Policy's David Rothkopf on Sydney Attack: "We Don't Know Who This Is And What Their Motivation Is"

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David Rothkopf of Foreign Policy magazine talks about "taking a step back" on drawing conclusions from a hostage situation in a cafe in Sydney, Australia where the perpetrator has raised a black flag that reads, "There is no God but Allah and Mohammed is the messenger of God" in the store's window.

"I do think we need to take a step back," Rothkopf said on Monday's broadcast of MSNBC's Morning Joe. "We don't know who this is, we don't know what their motivation is."

"We have to be careful of responding to the threat posed by one guy acting alone in a small cafe and letting it infuse us with the terror that's the objective of attacks like this," Rothkopf said.

"We know that one guy has gone into a small cafe, taken over a small group of people and the world media has stopped and is watching," Rothkopf also said on MSNBC.

MIKA BRZEZINSKI, MORNING JOE: David, what we know so far in terms of the international scene is that Australia, a key ally with us in the fight against ISIS, has been warned by ISIS. Has been threatened by ISIS.

DAVID ROTHKOP, FOREIGN POLICY MAGAZINE: Well, look, you know, that's true. And estimates from the Australians are that perhaps there are 100 jihadists in Australia right now and so the risks of attacks like this is a real thing. But I do think we need to take a step back. We don't know who this is, we don't know what their motivation is. And we do know something else. We know that one guy has gone into a small cafe, taken over a small group of people and the world media has stopped and is watching. And that's how you get the leverage from the lone wolf acting out there and having a global effect. And I think we have to be careful of responding to the threat posed by one guy acting alone in a small cafe and letting it infuse us with the terror that's the objective of attacks like this.

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