ash asked in Politics & GovernmentMilitary · 6 years ago

How safe are we with ISIS?

How safe is American and canada? I'm so worried about a war starting but I don't even know anything about it! :(

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  • 6 years ago

    A group like ISIS could engineer small attacks or even possibly large attacks in the US. It's possible. We have many agencies that work round the clock to prevent just such things and the fact that we haven't suffered any major attacks in over a decade proves those agencies are doing something right. So should you worry? No. Not really. The US is a big place. The chances of you getting attacked by terrorist are pretty slight unless you hang out at rich targets. Honestly your chances of dying in an auto accident are many times higher than your chances of being killed by ISIS. Will they launch an invasion into the US? No. They lack that ability. They lack the transport capability, the numbers, the firepower to actually challenge us in a conventional war. It's not an option for them no matter what BS they like to claim. No more than North Korea. Mexico has an much better chance of successfully invading us than ISIS does and how do you think Mexico would fare?

    About a war starting. That's likely. May already be history really depending on your definition of war. But it's us attacking them and not the other way around.

  • bw022
    Lv 7
    6 years ago

    ISIS and other Syrian rebel groups have attracted a large number of foreign fighters. Canada estimates the number of Canadians having gone to Syria to fight in the hundreds and the US might be as high six hundred or more. It's hard to tell exactly as many head to Lebanon, Jordan, or other countries.

    ISIS has make specific threats against Canada and the US. ISIS members have been arrested returning to Australia with specific plans to behead random Australians in the streets. Intelligence groups and the media have specifically identified Canadian and US members of ISIS and some have even posted online their desire to carry out attacks against Americans and Canadians. Other Canadians and Americans previously fighting in Iraq, Somalia, Afghanistan, etc. have been arrested in Canada and the US on terrorism charges. Many 'domestic' terrorists travel to such countries for training.

    As such... there is little reason to think they won't try.

    How well intelligence and police agencies can deal with them is an unknown. It would appear that the FBI, CIA, CSIS, and RCMP have a pretty good idea who they may be. Canada recently enacted a law which permits stripping of Canadian citizenship from dual-citizens convicted of terrorism related offenses. One can hope such agencies have a good idea who these people are and the ability to keep track of them. However... numbers of foreign fighters in Syria is a lot more than previous conflicts.

    Same groups can presumably cause a fair amount of damage and certainly terror. The Boston bombings were only two brothers can caused massive disruption, fear, and economic costs. The group in Canada planning to derail a passenger train would have caused a lot of deaths. Just standing in a mall or school with an assault rifle could kill dozens.

    However, realistically, countries of 305 or 35 million people aren't going to be terribly affected by minor acts of terrorism. Israel has survived 50 years of terrorism and during WWII countries survived massive bombings and loss of civilians without folding. It is highly unlikely ISIS fighters returning to the US and Canada would have any serious affect to a nation of tens or hundreds of millions. You chance of actually being killed or injured in such attacks are likely well under several million to one. You have far more to worry about from lightning strikes, crossing the street, or slipping in the bath.

  • Irene
    Lv 6
    6 years ago

    You are not safe in North America, and ISIS will probably never be 'defeated'. Their recruits are all over the world, including North America. Do what Michael suggested you do, and research it for yourself. And after that, you might want to take some survivalist courses . . .

  • mokrie
    Lv 7
    6 years ago

    Well you better start learning about it. Being ignorant is not very smart. We are not safe. We weren't safe when they flew planes into the world trade towers and the pentagon. We weren't safe when the two insane brothers put pressure cookers next to children at the Boston marathon. And we aren't safe now that they are coming into this country with the intent to kill civilians whenever possible.

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  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    America is a neutral country, no war will be started inside the u.s between another country that's why we fight in other countries. We're safe but were never that safe.

  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    As safe as we ever were. There is always a threat of a terrorist attack. They happened before 9/11 and they've happened after 9/11. In an open and free society you can only do so much before it stops being open and free.

  • 5 years ago

    I think the terrorist risk to an ordinary citizen of the U.S. or Canada depends on proximity to high risk targets. I would avoid shopping at high volume shopping malls in large centres, avoid visiting well know tourist attractions like Disneyland, Washington Monument, Statue of Liberty etc.. and avoid large sporting events like the Super Bowl or World Series. The biggest threat to the the average ciitizen is likely to be a potential victim of a terrorist attack using portable nuclear devices. I have researched the risk of a nuclear attack by terrorists using potential portable nuclear bombs and the experts agree that it is high as 50% over the next 10 years. We already know that terrorists have been making attempts to acquire these type of weapons in the international arms market... So if you live in a smaller community and avoid high risk targets, your threat of being attacked by a random terrorist is probably less then being hurt in an automobile accident. However, another major problem to consider after a terrorist nuclear attack, is the the horrendous cost to the economy and insurance industry. Hard to go back to business as usual in international trade after a nuclear attack using smuggled in nuclear bombs..

  • John
    Lv 7
    6 years ago

    Extremely safe after isis is deleted.

  • 6 years ago

    If you don't know anything about why don't you stop wasting time wringing your hands and RESEARCH it?

    Source(s): 100% Disabled Vietnam Veteran - Navy Airborne Electronic Warfare Officer
  • PoBoy
    Lv 7
    6 years ago

    Safe, but not immune. We destroyed Saddam and now we need to create a replacement or replace him ourselves; meaning that we need to strike fear into terrorists with the certainty they will die if they attack.

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