Monday, September 18, 2006

THERE AREN'T ENOUGH TERRORISTS: To do all the terror attacks the security apparatus predicts

"Since 9/11, it has been generally assumed that Islamic extremists have an almost infinite capacity to wreak large-scale destruction . . . " wrote Manhattan Institute scholar Heather McDonald in a recent edition of the Wall Street Journal.

"The most pressing question for homeland security officials accordingly was: How do we shore up the country's equally limitless vulnerabilities? There is reason to think, however, that we may have overestimated Muslim terrorists' reach. To find out whether this is true, the next stage of the homeland security enterprise should be oriented around one overriding goal: determining the actual capacity of jihadists to strike the U.S. . . " she added.

McDonald's nicely done essay adds to the words of a growing number of experts who criticize the process of the nation's war on terror because of its working assumption that every form of attack is possible and inevitable, even in the complete absence of inkling of a verified threat.

Read the rest of McDonald's WSJ piece here.

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