Terrorist groups throughout the world pose a serious threat to Americans yet many of us know little about them. Three terrorist organizations we often hear about in the U.S. are Hamas, Hezbollah, and Al-Qaeda; however, many Americans cannot specify differences or similarities between the three. It is essential that people understand the threat of each of these groups so that they are better able to protect themselves and their country. “The public needs to be aware of what these terrorist organizations are, how they are organized, where primarily – and how – they operate, how they differ from one another and how they’re coordinating efforts with one another. You always have to know your enemy,” says W. Thomas Smith Jr., a national security expert and former U.S. Marine.
“The American people, for whatever reason, seem to be under-informed when it comes to issues of international terrorism,” says Smith. Jed Babbin, former U.S. Deputy Undersecretary of Defense, agrees, “People need to have a better understanding of what the overall threat is.”
All three of these organizations are Islamic. “In some ways they’re pretty well all connected at least by ideology,” says Babbin.