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Living with Terrorism: Unimaginable Nightmare or Prospective Reality


  • Kahan Jerome H.

    () (2311 Kimbro Street, Alexandria, VA 22307, USA; and Independent Analyst, Arlington, TX, USA, Tel.: +(703) 765-5467)


Nine days after the transformational 9/11 attacks, President G.W. Bush proclaimed that the nation is fighting a Global War on Terror (GWOT), an attention-grabbing phrase designed as a rallying cry for America to win the battle against al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations threatening our homeland as well as our allies and interests abroad. Eight years later, President Obama inherited what had become an even more dangerous situation, which led to the unexpected and courage attack that felled bin Laden and splintered al Qaeda. However, this success was short-lived when the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) suddenly emerged as our primary terrorist adversary – a new and brutal threat that President Obama vowed to “degrade and ultimately destroy” by doing what it takes to win the war against this and other terrorist organizations. While there has been some progress in halting and reversing ISIS territorial gains with the US providing support to newly trained Iraqi forces, this terrorist organization is not fully contained and far from being destroyed.

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  • Kahan Jerome H., 2016. "Living with Terrorism: Unimaginable Nightmare or Prospective Reality," Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, De Gruyter, vol. 13(2), pages 231-246, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:johsem:v:13:y:2016:i:2:p:231-246:n:2
    DOI: 10.1515/jhsem-2016-0003

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