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PBS News Hour (April 15)

2018/ 04/ 17 by jd in Global News

President Trump is now “trying to confront a dilemma that haunted his predecessor, Barack Obama. Syria’s seven-year civil war presents few fast or easy solutions for the U.S., yet the geopolitical rivalries at play, the presence of the Islamic State group and other extremists, and the atrocities perpetrated by the Assad government make the situation impossible to ignore.”


Newsweek (August 15)

2017/ 08/ 17 by jd in Global News

As events in Charleston illustrates, “anti-government Americans are a bigger threat than Islamists.” Yet, since 9/11, public consciousness has largely fixated on Islamic terrorism. Law enforcement agencies know better. Studies have shown that police “consider anti-government violent extremists, not radicalized Muslims, to be the most severe threat of political violence that they face.”


USA Today (September 11)

2015/ 09/ 12 by jd in Global News

“Fourteen years ago, the United States suffered a shockingly successful surprise attack by a little known Islamic extremist group based 7,000 miles away in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.” Today, Al-Qaeda’s “influence lives on…through offshoot extremist groups,” especially the Islamic State (ISIL) whose “lightning spread” throughout “Syria and Iraq has been marked by medieval barbarity, adapted to the Internet age.” The U.S. must pursue ISIL as aggressively as it once pursued al-Quaeda. “ISIL represents the embodiment of evil in the modern world, and it mustn’t be allowed to establish a foothold from which to plot attacks against the United States or to inspire so-called lone wolf sympathizers to do so.”


Chicago Tribune (January 14)

2015/ 01/ 15 by jd in Global News

“Each of the attacks in Paris that killed 17 people last week was an atrocity, an affront to freedom and an act of terrorism.” Still, this is unlikely to mark “the beginning of a rash of extremist violence in the West.” Since 9/11, “the danger posed by Islamic militants” has been chronically overestimated. Some of this is due to human nature. We “worry too much about dramatic, unusual dangers, like terrorism and Ebola, and too little about commonplace ones.” But there is also “a giant public-private network that has a stake in stoking these fears.”


Washington Post (August 21)

2014/ 08/ 22 by jd in Global News

“With each day, the barbarism of the Islamist extremists terrorizing Syria and Iraq becomes more evident—as does the need for the United States and its allies to act more vigorously to block their rise.”