The responses to this weigh-in were evenly divided. About the same percentage of you felt that domestic terrorism is more of a worry as those of you who said international terrorists worry you more.
The reaons you gave include:
- Harder to identify "home-grown" terrorists because they don't raise as many red flags.
- Growing concern that people take domestic issues to violent extremes.
Many people who feel foreign terrorists pose a greater threat said:
- Terrorists based in another country raise the spector of retaliation, requiring a response from U.S. to try to deter others from doing something similar.
Note from IWD: After reading some of these comments and doing research, it is startling to learn how many terrorist incidents there are that don't make the front page. Here's a report on domestic and international terrorism (published in 2011) that tracks 40 years of terrorism.
Other comments resulting from the Boston Marathon bombings:
Although I haven't heard the news media say much about this, I find it particularly sad that we gave this terrorist's family asylum when they were afraid to stay in their own country. But within a few years, they decided they "didn't like" our country either. We don't need to keep taking in people like that.
Religious radicalism is blamed for turning the older brother into a terrorist -- but it also appears he was kept from participating in the Golden Gloves because only U.S. citizens can compete. It's difficult to follow where a sick person's mind leads, but could this be a really, really bad case of sour grapes?