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After Paris, Terrorism Experts Agree 'It Can Happen Here'

By    |   Wednesday, 07 January 2015 10:03 PM

As the world watched in horror at the assault Wednesday on a Paris magazine office and French authorities closed in on the terrorists who took twelve lives, two experts on world terrorism told Newsmax that the tragedy surrounding the "Charlie Hebdu" satirical underscores "there are no safe havens in the West" and that "it can happen here."

In separate interviews Wednesday, Nile Gardiner, onetime foreign affairs adviser to the late Margaret Thatcher, and former Virginia Gov. James Gilmore, who chaired a congressional advisory panel on domestic capabilities for terrorism, agreed that this latest terrorist strike should be a serious wake-up call to people in Western capitals.

"This attack was at the very heart of Paris and underscores that we are truly fighting a global war on terror," said Gardiner, now director of the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Noting that there have been terrorist strikes and resulting tragedy in Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain, the U.S. (with the Boston Marathon bombing last year) and now France, Gardiner said that Americans and Europeans should realize "there are no safe havens in the West."

"There has been a great deal of complacency and appeasement in Europe toward Jihadists," he added, citing as an example "the effort in a number of countries to reintegrate jihadists who fought in Iraq and Syria. And by now, authorities should realize there is no reintegration of them.

"Instead of trying to re-integrate the jihadists, authorities have got to lock them up. If there is evidence someone has traveled to Syria to fight for ISIS or another jihadist cause and then returned to France, then that person needs to be hunted down and incarcerated."

Gardiner also emphasized that there has not been enough intelligence-gathering and not enough strong political leadership in Western capitals to deal with the terrorist threat.

He also pointed out that "in the U.S., there has been a great deal of political correctness in talking about the threat from terrorists. President Obama would not even identify the attack in Paris as one from jihadists. His efforts in Iraq and Syria, at least initially have been half-hearted. His heart isn’t in this fight—the Islamists are playing to win."

"What happened today in Paris should end any argument that we are in a war against world terrorism and have been for some time," said Gilmore, a onetime U.S. Army intelligence officer who chaired what was officially known as the Congressional Advisory Panel to Assess Domestic Capabilities for Terrorism Involving Weapons of Mass Destruction. Commonly known as the "Gilmore Commission" and staffed by the Rand Corporation, the panel studied terrorism from 1999-2003 and presented five reports to Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

Gilmore agreed with Gardiner that "there has to be a stronger and more elaborate intelligence-gathering operation" on the part of the U.S. as well as "greater cooperation with the intelligence agencies of European countries than there has been."

Agreeing that there have almost certainly been other terrorist plots on U.S. soil that were foiled before they took place, Gilmore warned that this is not always going to be the case and, again referring to the Paris tragedy, told us "it can happen here."

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.



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