Is Paranoia Americans’ Greatest Enemy?

Americans see North Korea as a major enemy, despite the fact there’s little evidence that Pyongyang possess the nuclear capability to strike the U.S.

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Gallup conducts a poll each year to ask U.S. citizens who they view as the nation’s greatest enemy. Last year, it was Russia. In 2014, that title went to China.

This year, it was paranoia.

Around 16 percent of Americans said North Korea is the U.S.’s “greatest enemy,” topping Russia (15 percent), Iran (14 percent) and China (12 percent), according to a Gallup poll released on Feb. 22. Only 5 percent of Americans perceive “countries in which ISIS operates” as America’s greatest enemy.

As far as the question “why North Korea?” is concerned, it’s probably because the survey was conducted Feb. 3-7, just a month after the hermit kingdom sent shock waves across the world with its alleged hydrogen bomb test.

Since the U.S. mainstream media portrayed the (still purported) H-bomb test as some kind of prelude to WWIII, it’s somewhat understandable why North Korea topped the “greatest enemy” list.

But it shouldn’t have.

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There’s little to no evidence if North Korea possesses the nuclear capability to wipe out the United States. (There is, however, evidence to prove that it doesn’t.)

Now, this doesn’t mean the secretive state is not a threat at all but, so far, there’s little North Korea has done that deserves to be feared by U.S. citizens.

What Americans should fear, though, is something the country more or less remains oblivious to: domestic terrorism. The fact was brought to light last year after New America, a Washington research center, revealed in June that since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, “nearly twice as many people have been killed by white supremacists, antigovernment fanatics and other non-Muslim extremists than by radical Muslims.” The research came out a few days after the shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, allegedly carried out by white supremacist Dylann Roof.

More recently, on Feb. 20, a white, 45-year-old male, Jason Brian Daltosix, allegedly killed six people and injured two others in a five-hour rampage at an apartment complex in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The motive, as of the time of writing, is unknown.

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Granted, the Gallup poll included countries other than the U.S. But the fact that homegrown terrorism remains Americans’ greatest enemy merits a mention nevertheless.

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