EVEN before it has begun, the joy of this year’s holiday season has already been shaded by a tinge of fear. When the New York Times and CBS News asked people across America in April whether they expected a terrorist attack in the United States in the next few months, just 44% said it was very likely or somewhat likely. When they asked the same question this month, that figure had climbed to 79%.
In between, of course, came two of the most horrific acts of terror since September 11th: the attacks on Paris on November 13th and the shootings that killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California, on December 2nd. Last month, the U.S. State Department issued a worldwide travel alert, warning of the “possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats”. Americans are now more concerned about the dangers posed by terrorism than they have been at…Continue reading