Is There Such Thing as Terrorism Fatigue?

Is There Such Thing as Terrorism Fatigue?
Is there such thing as terrorism fatigue? According to a recent article I read there may be. The recent elevated alert to American travelers in Europe hasn’t raised too many concerns. In fact, many Americans may be thinking, “Oh, it’s just another alert.”

Others believe that it’s political. The timing is odd, considering it is just before the November elections. It’s not impossible. Politicians will use anything to change the game.

What is most interesting about this is not only do the majority of Americans not seem to think much about it, you aren’t even hearing the majority of politicians talk about it. It’s almost like the news has been buried on the back page. Yet in 2004 the Bush administration was accused of using terrorism fears for political gain.

I haven’t heard a single person make the same accusation of President Obama. And believe me, he may not be personally running for office November but he is still running nonetheless.

I would think that since terrorism is a very real threat and is something we have actually experienced, there would be more being said about it. You would think that either party would be using it to their advantage.

Instead I am seeing the same personal attacks on one another, ad after ad…rather than addressing some real concerns, such as terrorism.

At any rate, I do believe that we Americans can become very easily desensitized to issues. We can only take so much when it comes to elevated terrorist threats. After a while it just becomes another “thing.”

Personally, I prefer to take it seriously. My 16-year-old son recently received a letter inviting him to be an exchange student and travel in Europe. We were encouraging him to think about it. Not anymore. The letter has long since been bagged up in the garbage.

I also personally believe more politicians should be talking about it. I think it could become one contributing influence to the November elections. Of course, I do realize that we have so many other things to be concerned about…our economy, jobs, health care and the like.

Yet I still say we should not so quickly forget September 11, 2001. And let’s just hope and pray we don’t see anything like it again.


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