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One disturbing aspect of the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka was that the slaughter of 321 victims came at a time when America is suffering what might be described as "terrorism fatigue". The wars against Al-Qaeda and Daesh (ISIS) are part of a painful past that policymakers and the public want to escape. Sept. 11, 2001, feels like it happened a long time ago, and many politicians want to move on."We're seeing the viral spread of the Islamic State, which takes root in fragile environments where people feel disenfranchised and excluded," says Nancy Lindborg, president of the U.S. Institute of Peace. She explains that Daesh's global network has grown so rapidly over the last five years that it's bigger now than Al-Qaeda ever was. The U.S. took down the leadership of Al-Qaeda, to be sure, just as it did later against Daesh.The authors reckoned that since 2001, the war on terror has taken 10,000 American lives, injured 50,000 others, and cost the U.S. an estimated total of $5.9 trillion.
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