As an individual, the first thing I’d suggest doing is protecting yourself and your family. What I mean by that is don’t let your kids or yourself share too much on social media. Be careful about what you post and be mindful of how much information you and your family are sharing.
Parents might want to consider monitoring their children. Terrorist groups usually prey on teenagers, especially males from the age of 16 and above. They take interest in teens that may have a social disorder such as: fitting in, being bullied at school, etc.
Another precaution you can take is, if you’re military, do not post valuable information about military deployments or your military occupation.
I also suggest not dressing out your car, your spouse’s car, or your children’s car with your military job. For example, if you’re infantry, don’t put cross-rifles all over your car or your truck. That could potentially put your family in danger. Then there are the license plates. Yes, I’m a purple heart recipient but I don’t have it on my plates, and I suggest others leave it off too. And also, don’t put your MOS on either.
The Fuel for Terrorism
When you’re dealing with terrorism, you’re not just dealing one person. Terrorists are backed by people with big bank accounts. For example, Osama Bin Laden had deep pockets from being a very successful businessman in Sudan, and he bought his way back into Afghanistan through the Taliban.
Terrorists get money from many different sources. Look at ISIS for example. They’ve been on the radar since the 90s but they weren’t as big of a threat until Al Qaeda was defeated in 2003.
The Al Qaeda higher-ups joined with ISIS because they had money and were then accepted by ISIS leaders. One of the best ways to defeat terrorist organizations is to keep them from getting money.
As a country, we need to take the necessary precautions to prevent terrorist attacks. We need to not be complacent and we need to be aware of our surroundings.
We need to protect our kids online and watch what they are doing because there’s always a story about a teenager being recruited by ISIS or another terrorist organization. Keep in mind, one person’s freedom fighter is another person’s terrorist.
We also need to take action against people who commit terrorism in the United States. We can only hope that our new presidency takes different measures to fight it than the ones before.