Although we have become much more capable at detecting terror threats to the homeland, our enemies are determined and ingenious. The most-frequent threats we will face are lone-wolf or small-group terrorists inspired by notions of jihad but acting in relative autonomy; however, Islamist fanatics will not stop attempting to stage dramatic large-scale strikes against the United States. The fundamental obstacle to a more powerful reply to fanaticism is our unwillingness to accept the clear-cut (if unappealing) lessons of history regarding the defeat of faith-fueled insurgencies.
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