The Declining Terrorist Threat

"Just" another very interesting newspaper article that was trying to point out the wrong thing at the wrong time. It's an op-ed piece by Larry C. Johnson, is a former State Department counterterrorism specialist, that ran in the New York Times on July 10, 2001, under the headline,

The Declining Terrorist Threat

"Judging from news reports and the portrayal of villains in our popular entertainment, Americans are bedeviled by fantasies about terrorism. They seem to believe that terrorism is the greatest threat to the United States and that it is becoming more widespread and lethal. They are likely to think that the United States is the most popular target of terrorists. And they almost certainly have the impression that extremist Islamic groups cause most terrorism.

"None of these beliefs are based in fact."

Better luck next time, Larry.

Posted July 27, 2005

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