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Annual Terrorism Index

Thursday, September 11, 2008

William Dobson, managing editor of Foreign Policy Magazine, discusses the 2008 Terrorism Index, a survey of more than 100 experts in the field.

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Comments [9]

Elizabeth Hollander from Jackson Heights, NY

Though not usually inclined to fear-mongering or political panic, I was shaken to find that more than 80% of security experts surveyed (do I have that number right?) believe that the US will be at war with Iran before Election Day. Given McCain's evident lack of contact with the Whitehouse, and the absolute silence of the current news media on the subject of war since the Democratic Convention, I rather suspect that there will BE no election - or that, at any rate, that its outcome will be trivial. Martial Law anyone? Are there good concrete reasons why this fear is unfounded? Bring them on...

Sep. 11 2008 01:18 PM
Eric Hipp from Brooklyn

How do we really know the reduction in violence in Iraq is due to the surge? Could it be that ethnic/religious separation has concluded and there are not that many people left to kill? BTW, more than 200 US service members have died in Iraq this year!

Sep. 11 2008 11:00 AM
Ron Mwangaguhunga from Williamsburg

In the Index, more and more readers are regarding Pakistan as an Al Qaeda stronghold than Iraq. Are we putting all our eggs in the strongmen -- Zardawi, Musharraf -- basket? Shouldn't we support more stock in the judiciary in Pakistan, which is a far more popular institution than either the military or the heads of state?

Sep. 11 2008 10:57 AM
Mike from NYC

I don't think it's fair to imply that the war in Afghanistan has not been a success. We overthrew the Taliban and routed Al Queda. Certainly, the Taliban is resurgent, but the situation there, as far the US goes, is much better than it was on 9/10/2001.

Sep. 11 2008 10:57 AM
Mike from NYC

I don't think you can imply that Afghanistan has not been a success. Al Queda can no longer really operate there. Certainly the Taliban are resurgent there, but it's not the same as it was on 9/10/2001

Sep. 11 2008 10:54 AM
Voter from Brooklyn

Why do we keep harping on the fact that it has been seven years without another attack? Does the inability to put things into perspective, while continuing the effort to protect the people, exacerbate the anxiety people feel?
I’m sure I will miss something, but concerning attacks on American soil…. The British during the revolution; the Confederate States during the Civil War; the Japanese in bringing us into WWII, terrorist in 1993, and September 11 th. Yes, attacks are becoming more frequent, but they are truly rare, namely due to logistics and geography.

Sep. 11 2008 10:54 AM
Ron Mwangaguhunga from Williamsburg

Why haven't foreign policy intellectuals come out strongly against McCain's position of kicking Russia out of the G8?

Sep. 11 2008 10:54 AM
Ron Mwangaguhunga from Williamsburg

Could Russia influence the 2008 Presidential election? Palin shares a border. Biden, no doubt, was picked in part because of the Georgia incursion. How could Russia influence the election, theoretically?

Sep. 11 2008 10:53 AM
Ron Mwangaguhunga from Williamsburg

Is George Bush's authorozation of US raids in Pakistan similar to Senator Obama's Pakistan position that he stated in the debates?

Sep. 11 2008 10:52 AM

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