Small Town America: Post 9/11- Part One

By: Ryan Dearbone
By: Ryan Dearbone

Its easy to think terrorist attacks will only happen in large cities such as New York or Oklahoma City.

However, that doesn't mean small town America is safe from the threat of terrorism.

"As you've seen in the national news, people have cropped up everywhere that's been involved and we want to make sure that we're taking all the avenues and appropriate actions to make sure we're not a target," said Ronnie Pearson, Warren County Emergency Management Director.

"What kind of target will cause the most panic is in the minds of the terrorists. "

Western Kentucky University professor Solemein Kiasatpour said he believes the ever-increasing spotlight on terrorism is making attacks on large scale cities more difficult to pull off.

"As security enhances and targets become more difficult to find, terrorists' softer targets like small towns and cities may likely become the targets of terrorists," Kiasatpour said.

Kiasatpour also said that while international terrorism is a possible threat to rural America. Most of the real threat comes from closer to home.

"In the news today, primarily the focus is on global terrorism. As a result we tend to forget that a lot of our terrorism has been done by domestic terrorists and they have targeted smaller localities."

There are several reasons why South Central Kentuckians need to stay alert.

We are one of the leading agricultural states in the country.

"There's this notion that because we are in an agricultural area that we'll have a greater risk for what they call aggro-terrorism where terrorists might attack our food supply," Kiasatpour said.

The fact that we have two military installments nearby, Fort Campbell and Fort Knox, could also put a big "X" on our chests.

"Fort Knox, not just by its military nature, but its where our gold reserves held there is also a primary target."

Many terrorism experts say that since terrorist attacks are so few and far between that its really hard to tell when or where they might actually strike.

They say its just important that we be vigilant and prepared in case someone tries to attack.

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