US more vulnerable to terrorists now than it was before 9/11
15 years after terrorists struck the Twin towers in New York in what is popularly known as 9/11, terrorism still remain a major threat to all countries.
Despite, waging two wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, terrorists especially Al Qaeda still remains a major threat. The new terror network, ISIS has emerged new threat, already destabilizing Syria and a Iraq and endangering many including US and Europe.
So the writing on the wall is, we are now witnessing only new spate of violence initiated by newer versions of more radicalized outfits that seek to avenge, what they call ‘American Imperialism’ and ‘Western influences’ in society.
The Soufan Group, which looks into conflicts says US is now more vulnerable to terror threat it was before 9/11.
After September 11, 2001, “the global terror threat has compounded and cascaded,” observed the Group. We now experience “unprecedented terror concerns” and they will take many years to get over, it wars.
Many of the so called targets set by US simply faltered, claims the group. “As the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approaches, only one of these goals — the prevention of an attack nearing the scale of 9/11 — has been met,” the firm says.”While the prevention of another such attack is a significant achievement, many of the other post-9/11 concerns are considerably worse now than in 2001.”
Taliban in Afghanistan, still a major fighting group in the region, even after the assassination of its feared leader Osama bin Laden says the Group.
He is a symbol for future suicide attackers and jihadis al over the world, and US intelligence agancies have now come to realize this fact, though late. “The spread of violent extremism since 9/11 has surpassed anything bin Laden likely thought achievable in a fifteen-year period,” The Soufan Group noted.
The world will experience terrorist danger and “will remain for years to come.”
Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, said recently, “September 11, 2001, was unique in the sense of its scale; otherwise it was anything but,” Haass wrote. “Terrorism has become commonplace.”
But he added, it is not a great issue that could destabilize the US, “Over the last decade, there have been, on average, more than 10,000 terrorist attacks per year, causing an average of more than 15,000 deaths per year.
Haass added, “Relatively little of this terrorism has involved Americans. Over this same decade, there have been fewer than 15 terrorist attacks a year in the United States. An average of five Americans per year have died on US soil and approximately 20 per year have lost their lives worldwide.”
Where terrorism could become an existential threat, however, is with the use of nuclear weapons or a “dirty bomb” with nuclear material.
“Such ‘grand terrorism’ has for decades been the nightmare of many strategic thinkers,” Haass wrote.