As the United States marks the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, a nationwide poll has found that many Americans do not feel any safer today. The sentiment has been echoed by a number of politicians who continue ringing the warning bells on terror group ISIS and the rise of Islamic extremists who have the means to attack the U.S.
A NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released on Monday found that 47 percent of Americans believe that the country is less safe now than before 9/11.
Only 26 percent felt that the U.S. is safer now than before the al-Qaeda-organized attacks that destroyed the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and hit the Pentagon in Washington, killing close to 3,000 people. Another 26 percent answered that about the same level of threat exists.
NBC noted that even in September 2002, only 20 percent of respondents to the survey believed America is less safe than before the attacks.
“A very war-weary country … seems to have woken up to the real threat that ISIS may present,” offered Republican pollster Bill McInturff, who conducted this survey with Democratic pollster Peter Hart and his colleagues at Hart Research.
“The beheadings are so chilling to the American public,” added Hart. “The only things I think of equal impact are the self-immolations back in Vietnam.”
Terror group ISIS, or the Islamic State as it is also known, has led a wide-scale war in Iraq and Syria, capturing several cities and forcing hundreds of thousands of minorities, including many Christians, to flee their ancestral homes.
It has also beheaded two American journalists on camera, which Hart alludes to, sending a message to President Barack Obama to discontinue airstrikes against ISIS targets in Iraq.
An unnamed militant featured in the beheading video of American journalist Steven Sotloff says:
“I’m back, Obama, and I’m back because of your arrogant foreign policy toward the Islamic State. Just as your missiles continue to strike our people, our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people.”
The president vowed that the U.S. will not allow such crimes against its citizens to go unpunished.
Written by Stoyan Zaimov
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