Cross Posted From Article of Faith:
What a great way to mull over the events of five years ago. Forget all the crazed “docudramas” and weeping news footage and instead, check out Political Science professor John Mueller, who has a new book out called Overblown: How Politicians and the Terrorism Industry Inflate National Security Threats, and Why We Believe Them slated to be released in November.
Mueller excerpts his book in this month’s Foriegn Affairs, in what amounts to a damning indictment of the way 9/11/01 and al-Qaeda has been “overblown” to take the place of the “omnipresent enemy”:
“Despite all the ominous warnings of wily terrorists and imminent attacks, there has been neither a successful strike nor a close call in the United States since 9/11. The reasonable — but rarely heard — explanation is that there are no terrorists within the United States, and few have the means or the inclination to strike from abroad.
“A fully credible explanation for the fact that the United States has suffered no terrorist attacks since 9/11 is that the threat posed by homegrown or imported terrorists — like that presented by Japanese Americans during World War II or by American Communists after it — has been massively exaggerated. Is it possible that the haystack is essentially free of needles?
“Although it remains heretical to say so, the evidence so far suggests that fears of the omnipotent terrorist — reminiscent of those inspired by images of the 20-foot-tall Japanese after Pearl Harbor or the 20-foot-tall Communists at various points in the Cold War (particularly after Sputnik) — may have been overblown, the threat presented within the United States by al Qaeda greatly exaggerated. The massive and expensive homeland security apparatus erected since 9/11 may be persecuting some, spying on many, inconveniencing most, and taxing all to defend the United States against an enemy that scarcely exists.”
America has a history of loving its “big, bad enemies”, don’t we? Read the rest of the article and order the book. Perhaps the “ideological struggle of the 21st century” is nothing more than a gnat on the world’s stage.