Magazine article Insight on the News

It Can't Happen Here -- or Can It?

Magazine article Insight on the News

It Can't Happen Here -- or Can It?

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A recent column in the Washington Post was devoted to shooting down a report by the National Commission on Terrorism, terming the group's assessment of the terrorism threat "vastly exaggerated." The thrust of the criticism was that there is no evidence to support a conclusion that international terrorists are earnestly intent upon inflicting mass casualties on the United States.

Responding in the Wall Street Journal, contributing editor Mark Helprin, a senior fellow at the Claremont Institute in California, points out that terrorism, by its very nature, does not operate in the realm of "normal probabilities" and that we live in a unique time when "small nations and non-national groups can, and in some cases do, have access to nuclear, biological and chemical weapons that not long ago were the exclusive preserve of the great powers."

Helprin notes that in an era when "everything is for sale," intelligence agencies don't really know who has what weapons or where those weapons are located. As the illegal-drag industry demonstrates with cavalier disdain, U. …

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