Koppel: Cutting U.S. “Industry of Fear” Over Terror “Exercise in Futility”


Commenting on the U.S. closing of 19 embassies for fear of a terrorist attack, journalist Ted Koppel writes in the Wall Street Journal that the U.S. has “created an economy of fear, an industry of fear, a national psychology of fear. Al Qaeda could never have achieved that on its own. We have inflicted it on ourselves.”

Koppel notes that in coming years, many more Americans will die in car crashes, of gunshot wounds inflicted by family members, and by falling off ladders than from any terrorist attack. He says any idea of downsizing the U.S. antiterrorism enterprise “is an exercise in futility.”

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