By Christina Hellmich
On the grounds that Sept. 11, al-Qaeda has ruled American discussions of nationwide and foreign defense. but conflicting assumptions in regards to the nature of the gang and the consequences of bin Ladin's demise abound. instead of simply delivering another biography of al-Qaeda, Christina Hellmich forensically examines the main authoritative assets on which the current figuring out of al-Qaeda is predicated, studying the discrepancies among what's stated and what can realistically be recognized. the result's a penetrating perception into a firm that for all its notoriety is likely one of the least understood of our time.
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But we do want to raise consciousness, in the American people, in the scientific community, and in the Congress, that such attacks are growing increasingly likely. And as the President said, we need to be ahead of the power curve; we need to be prepared to defend ourselves against those attacks and, in so doing, perhaps prevent them; at least to be able to mitigate their effects. ) Homeland security has not been free of debate, however. 7 There are also indications that the notion of a broader DoD (and Army) role in crisis management has not yet been accepted by key agencies.
And therefore, I would say the appropriate response is not worry or panic, but taking this issue very seriously . . and then to try to make sure we are doing everything we can to stop this. ) I want to raise public awareness of this, without throwing people into an unnecessary panic . . [Americans should] not be afraid or asleep. I think that’s the trick. ) When he was asked which threats worried him most, the President answered: A chemical attack would be horrible, but it would be finite. You know, it’s just like—for the people who went through Oklahoma City, nothing could be more horrible.
But it didn’t spread. And the thing that bothers people about biological agents is that, unless they’re properly diagnosed, contained and treated, that it could spread. ,] tomorrow with 10,000 people, and somebody flew a low-flying crop duster and sprayed us all with biological agents from, let’s say, 200 feet, that no matter how toxic it were, half of us would walk away for reasons no one quite understands. You know, either we wouldn’t breathe it, or we’d have some miraculous resistance to it.
al-Qaeda: From Global Network to Local Franchise by Christina Hellmich