9/11: Five Years Later-Gauging Islamist Terrorism
Peter T.R. Brookes draws four new lessons since 9/11:
- First, we are dealing with a protean enemy.
- Second, our first line of defense is good, actionable intelligence.
- Third, international intelligence and law enforcement cooperation is a force multiplier in fighting the transnational threat of terrorism.
- Fourth, al-Qaeda and its acolytes continue to improve and evolve their operational terrorist techniques and tradecraft, including becoming increasingly sophisticated in their handiwork.
I especially concur with his findings below:
What Should Be Done
Although we have made significant progress in securing the homeland and fighting terrorism overseas, complacency about the challenge of Islamist terrorism will prove to be deadly, potentially making the horrors of 9/11 seem minor in comparison. …
… While the foiled U.K. plot was a clear win in the war on terrorism, probably preventing the death of as many-or more than-the number who tragically died on 9/11, equally dangerous to our safety and security at home and abroad is our own complacency about the safety and security of this great nation against the Islamist terrorist threat.