I’m referring to terrorism conducted by radical Islam, not homegrown violence carried out by the KKK, white supremacists, anti-government groups, fascist extremists, Christian extremists, Black militancy, etc. Those who study terrorism define it as “the systematic use or threatened use of violence to intimidate a population or government and thereby effect political, religious, or ideological change.”
Before reading further, please take this quick poll: “DO YOU THINK TERRORISTS WILL ATTACK AMERICA WITHIN ONE YEAR FROM TODAY. IF “YES”, WHAT METHOD(S) WILL THEY USE?”
Done taking the poll? Great! I’m curious as to how yeahstub.com readers view the possibility of it happening in our heartland. You can view the poll results instantly at any time to see the results. Americans have been a bit on edge since the brutal beheadings of journalists by Islamic extremists. More Americans say the United States is less safe now than at any point since 9/11, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll. It reveals that 47% of Americans believe the country is less safe now than before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The gruesome beheadings apparently work, for fear across America has risen substantially from last year when 28% felt the same way. Not surprising, only 26% of Americans feel the nation is safer than before 9/11.
The possibility of a terrorist attack inside the U.S. is on the minds of most Americans and we think more frequently about the possibility of one occurring much more than we do about becoming a victim to violent crime or being hospitalized (University of Maryland study). About 15 percent of those surveyed had thought about the prospect of terrorism in the United States during the preceding week, significantly more than those who thought about the possibility of hospitalization (10 percent) or violent crime victimization (10 percent).
According to the definition of “terrorism” stated above, it appears that radical Islamists are partially successful in terrorizing Americans. Their brutality is “intimidating” Americans, but the only “political” or “ideological” change they will spawn is for us to despise them more…and to increase our will to eradicate them from the face of the earth.
Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the Association Of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and writes the online spy series “Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean”. His views are his own and do not represent those of any organization he is a member of.