FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — Even though Brussels and Paris are both thousands of miles from the Ozarks, in our society, experts say we all are susceptible to terrorism.
“Those kinds of things could happen any day, any place in the United States.”
Military expert and veteran Steve Robinette said America has techniques to avoid attacks but Americans have to keep an eye out too.
“If you see something, say something and that’s very important,” said Robinette.
Robinette said the open borders lifestyle or the European Union agreement makes terrorism harder to fight overseas.
“In Europe, you are talking almost like moving from one state to another if you are in the United States,” said Robinette.
While citizens keep a lookout, thousands of soldiers train to keep us safe at Fort Leonard Wood.
“We are training them as if they were training for combat right now from day one on basic training,” said Patrick Murphy, the acting Secretary of the Army.
Murphy said we cannot forget what we learned from September 11th.
“We can’t allow safe harbors in Iraq and Afghanistan from happening again. We can’t allow ISIS to hurt our families.”
Murphy believes America faces challenges ahead to keep families safe.
“We need these young Americans to raise their right to support and defend the Constitution,” said Murphy.
Robinette said the number of known people with ties to terrorism in Europe is much greater than America.
“There have been about 500 people from the United States who have gone into Syria or areas of Iraq that ISIS has controlled and returned to the United States. But in Europe, there’s been over 5,000 people who have gone into the Middle East,” said Robinette.
But we still need to do our part.
“They are less than one percent of our nation so we have to salute them and appreciate what they are willing to do,” said Murphy.
“We do need to watch our surroundings, particularly, when you go to airports, particularly when you go to train stations,” said Robinette.
Robinette said Americans have the luxury of being able to call 911 if they see something out of the ordinary and we should take advantage of it.
Murphy also adds the United States is in its longest war in history and calls on young Americans to step up to defend our country in this time of need.