Commentary February 10, 2021

Will Insurrection Lead to Terrorism?

Reading history for lessons about what happens when agitators go underground.
Capitol building drawing on black background
Daniel Zender

In the aftermath of the assault on the Capitol, much of the nation’s attention was focused on “why.” But another question is equally important: “What next?”

The problem the authorities faced on Jan. 6 was not an inability to respond, but failure to anticipate the threat. Going forward, counterterrorism efforts should emphasize connecting the dots in the far-right extremist universe — not a simple task, given the dispersed and fast-moving nature of the threat.

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