Terrorism Fears Still Weigh Heavily on U.S.
Many Americans tell pollsters they are less concerned about terrorism following U.S. action in Iraq but analysts say post-Sept. 11 fears of another major attack are still there beneath the surface. With major fighting over in Iraq, a Pew Research Center poll last week found that for the first time since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the American people were more worried about the nation’s economic woes than about terrorism, war or Iraq. But analysts said even though there had been no major attacks on U.S. soil in retaliation for the Iraq war, the huge psychological damage caused by Sept. 11, the most devastating attack on American soil since the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, would take many years to erase. “If you press people, 9/11 still leaves a real imprint on our psyche and there is still a fear of what might happen in the months and years ahead,” said Thomas Mann, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Full Story