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Draconian measures have had no impact on terrorism in US

COLOMBO -- The New York Mayors assertion that Sunday's blast was an "internal act" may be of little consolation to discerning Americans. For, an internal threat is far more worrisome and intractable than an external one.

The U.S. has been doing its damnedest to protect itself against terrorism. All of its institutions have focused on confronting that threat. The judiciary has refused to be moved against the state agencies responsible for abductions and torture on the grounds that legal action against the perpetrators will jeopardize national security. The victims of such acts of cruelty are without anyone to turn to while U.S. politicians and diplomats are pontificating to the rest of the world on the virtues of human rights. But, not even such draconian measures and tough laws have enabled the U.S. to minimize its vulnerability to terrorism discernibly.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has sought to downplay Sunday's crude bomb blast, which left 29 people injured; he has called it an "internal act," insisting that there is no credible evidence of a terrorist threat to Gotham. No international terrorist outfit fighting against the U.S. and its allies will be so stupid as to antagonize the entire world by targeting the city where the U.N. is in session with heads of state and eminent persons from the four corners of the earth in attendance. Terrorists are savages, no doubt. But, they are no fools!

However, the mayoral assertion that Sunday's blast was an "internal act" may be of little consolation to the discerning Americans. For, an internal threat is far more worrisome and intractable than an external one. It takes months, if not years, of planning for foreign terrorists to carry out an attack on American soil at an enormous cost and they run the risk of being caught in the process. They usually go for large-scale, spectacular strikes like the obliteration of iconic buildings or massacres. But, internal enemies can resort to what may be described as micro terrorism, which requires only improvised explosive devices like the one used in New York the other day or a fully loaded assault rifle. There is also the danger of such elements graduating from pressure cooker bombs to small planes and drones or even flying toys laden with explosives.

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