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Threat assessment

"Threat assessment" Continued...

Issue: "Daniel of the Year," Dec. 17, 2005

Thankfully we do not face such a determined threat from a global superpower today. Instead we confront a terrorist band of perhaps 15,000 fighters thinly spread over the globe. Yes, it is hard to find the sharks among the swimmers. But we are no longer menaced by shark-infested waters.

The actions of the U.S. government-killing or capturing some 5,000 al-Qaeda operatives in 102 countries since 9/11, taking the fight to the enemy in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere-have helped bring the risk level down to pre-9/11 levels. That is quite an achievement. But the 9/11 attacks transformed the way the public sees the threat of terrorism from something distant and remote to something near and possible.

Marvin Olasky
Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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