Jeffrey Ringel Quoted in The Washington Post: Why Truck Attacks are so Common in Europe, But not the United States
November 2, 2017
The Washington Post
By: Amanda Erickson
There was the man who drove a van down a crowded pedestrian walk in Barcelona, killing 14. The terrorist who stole a truck and careened it into a crowd of people at a Bastille Day celebration in Nice, killing 86. The attack on a Berlin Christmas market that killed 12.
Since 2014, there have been at least 14 vehicle-slamming attacks in the U.S. and Europe. In the last three years, just over half of all the terrorism-related deaths in the West were the result of vehicle-ramming attacks, according to one recent report …
In general, terrorist attacks have been rarer in the United States than in Europe. Its borders are less porous, by geography and by design. Many observers believe immigrants tend to assimilate better in the United States than in Europe, where it can take generations to feel like you belong. “In France, you’re a Frenchman if you’re fifth generation, maybe,” longtime FBI veteran Jeffrey Ringel told to Vice. “But in America everybody’s new, and everybody’s different. It’s easier to find more people like yourself so that you don’t feel like you’re left out, and therefore there’s less alienation.”
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