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Topic - Thomas H. Kean
The current turmoil in the Arab world and in particular Syria's 2½-year old civil war could revive the fortunes of a battered al Qaeda, according to a report from the former co-chairmen of the 9/11 Commission.
The U.S. was slow to take seriously the threat posed by home-grown radicals, and the government has failed to put systems in place to deal with the growing phenomenon, according to a recent report compiled by the former heads of the Sept. 11 commission.
While public attention was diverted by whether or not Florida pastor Terry Jones and Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf had reached a compromise, a report critical to our national security went virtually unnoticed. Mr. Jones, under some pressure from most of the civilized world, offered to withdraw his threat to immolate a stack of Korans in exchange for Mr. Rauf's relocation of Park 51 - the planned mosque complex he proposes to tower over the World Trade Center site. Understandably, the press preferred to cover the spectacle between Mr. Jones and Mr. Rauf, especially as it played out on live television like a bizarre parody of "Let's Make a Deal."
Foreign fighters hardened in that conflict could eventually destabilize the region or band together to plot attacks against the West," former Rep. Lee H. Hamilton and former New Jersey Gov. Thomas H. Kean wrote in a summary of the report's findings.