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Happening now we take a look at the changing nature of al-Qaeda I recent article on global affairs discusses how the terror group is now less of -- network and is becoming more.
Local terror groups may take their inspiration from al-Qaeda but they carry out attacks in their own.
All over the world essentially terrorism is being franchise if -- well.
The United States may not be effectively addressing this change is one of the topics -- Joel Brinkley.
-- brings up in this article he's a journalist and professor at Stanford university and former foreign correspondent.
At the New York Times where he won a Pulitzer Prize privacy so -- a lot of writing and reporting to a nice had on the program.
My pleasure one of the things that you say at the top your article here.
Is that the rise of Islamic extremism.
Is -- issue of our age not the economy.
Not politics immigration on this but the rise of Islamic -- series extremism.
It affects almost every country in the world it is spread as you put it it is franchised.
You find -- and Kazakhstan.
-- -- Austria in.
The Philippines almost everywhere you look.
Terror group has sprung up.
Encouraged by watching what al-Qaeda did but it is now -- local.
An active all over the world and very hard to deal with in -- attacking one particular place.
And when and if things that you bring up is that because of these pop up examples that we see.
It's very easy to be lulled into this sort of white noise as you put it -- just sort of hearing about these attacks and a regular basis of a washing our nightly news or watching the show for example we might mention something that happened in one part of the world and the other.
How do you think the media.
And the way the media is telling this story is affecting our national conversation.
-- -- amount of priority that easy put on this topic.
Well I'm not suggesting that this is the priority for the world I mean we have economic issues in this country we have to deal with you have to deal with.
China Russia and North Korea.
Iran and a variety of other issues but I think because this issue has decentralized.
And we don't see Islamic terrorism as major attacks has occurred on 9/11.
We Americans are paying less attention to it now than we probably shift.
And it and as some and that's watch these stories emerging develop over the last few decades.
What do you make.
And the response thus far from lawmakers law enforcement.
As a way to combat any sort of terror activity from happening in our country.
That seems to be what President Obama I was talking about when he said it was time to end the war on terror.
It is now so decentralized.
That there is no central place to attack in a war.
Whatever he actually did with that news is classified.
So we don't know exactly but.
The war on terror and if if you will is sort of like the war on drugs it can never be one.
As long as people want to traffic drugs or carry out terror activities and these are -- that can never be one.
Some argue the opposite now.
That that they -- that did hit the good can defeat the bad.
And that there is a way to put together some sort of an app for -- even though we're seeing smaller groups emerge.
And and fight them.
Do you think that is an impossibility -- me it's really say -- for another day -- just curious and some and it's -- -- research on this do you think it's -- -- total and possibility that we -- we never defeat terrorism.
I think it is impossible to defeat terrorism.
In the sense that we rid the world of anybody who is capable and and willing to carry out a terror terrorist act that just is not possible.
John thank you very much I -- in program.
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