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March 22, 2016

March 22, 2016 | News Releases on

Heritage Statement on Brussels Terror Attacks

"The global Islamist insurgency is thriving and constantly adapting. Our anti-terrorism efforts must evolve as well.
The face of ISIS and related extremist groups looks different in various parts of the world.  Europe is threaded with an extremist network far greater than what we have seen in the U.S.
Still, the White House needs to wage the war on terrorism seriously—something it has yet to do.
The root of the problem is that ISIS controls a large amount of territory—enough to proclaim itself a “caliphate.” That motivates, inspires and encourages their admirers, helping them strengthen and expand a global terror network.  The U.S. must lead the way in dealing with that root problem.  If it does not, the challenge of protecting America will only become more difficult."

About the Author

James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Vice President for the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, and the E. W. Richardson Fellow