For those who are interested in a sobering take on terrorism coming to the US, you should read some of this guys stuff.
Colonel (Ret.) Professor Isaac Ashkenazi, MD, MSc, MPA, MNS is an international expert on disaster management and leadership, community resilience, and mass casualty events. He is considered one of the world’s foremost experts in medical preparedness for complex emergencies and disasters.
Professor Ashkenazi is Director of the Urban Terrorism Preparedness Project at the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative, a joint program of the Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is also Adjunct Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University; Adjunct Professor of disaster management at the UGA; Professor of Disaster Medicine at Ben-Gurion University in Israel, and consultant to Harvard University, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, and the World Bank.
After serving as Head of Medical Services for the IDF in the West Bank, Professor Ashkenazi was promoted to Head of the Public Health Department in the Medical Corps. In 1997, he was promoted to full Colonel with the responsibilities of Surgeon General for the Home Front Command and the National Medical Coordinator for Mass Casualty Incidents and Disasters. He led medical mission teams to give assistance at the USA Embassy in Nairobi after the August 1998 terrorist attack, and to assist earthquake survivors in Turkey and in Greece in 1999.
Professor Ashkenazi has served in humanitarian missions around the world in Asia, Africa, South America and Europe. He has given courses in Disaster Medicine; Disaster Management; Crisis Leadership; Urban Terrorism; Preparedness and Response for Mass Casualty Events; and Individual and Community Resilience.
I saw him speak at a conference in the US and what he said was sobering and frightening. His take from the Palestinian conflict is that in Israel, bystanders are the first responders--whether to take down a terrorist or to render aid to victims. That in Israel, citizens have situational awareness (unlike here) and they think through how they will act in response to a terror event. If you have a gun, you attack the attacker. If you don't, you render aid. You don't run and hide--as that just increases the odds of a bigger mass casualty event.
After taking several digs at Obama's feckless foreign, he warned that this is what's coming here. That citizen bystanders need to learn/accept they are the first responders and better to be armed, trained, and capable.