Amy Zegart, a senior fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, warns in the Los Angeles Times today that the U.S. sure as heck better not ratchet down its massive anti-terrorism efforts and its still-lingering fear rhetoric:
The fight is nowhere close to being won, and America’s most perilous times may lie ahead.
Among her evidence for the ongoing, even escalating, nature of the threat, especially from weapons of mass destruction:
In 1995, a Japanese cult released sarin nerve gas in the Tokyo subway, killing 12 people and injuring thousands. It was the first WMD terrorist attack in modern history, and it sparked a wave of
Wait for it . . . “Copy cat attacks?” “Successful efforts by anti-American terrorist groups to develop stockpiles of sarin gas?” No: the Tokyo subway attack “sparked a wave of presidential terrorism commissions years before Bin Laden became a household name.”
There’s more: a group of terrorism experts in 2005 mostly did not believe that “the odds of a nuclear attack on the U.S. were negligible.” Even if “not negligible” means: requiring never-wavering massive expenditures on “homeland security” throughout the land and reactionary airport screening protocols, these are presumably some of the same experts who predicted in 2005 that there would be a biological attack on the U.S. by 2010.