The recent bombings in Brussels, Belgium and now Pakistan reinforce the fact that the global risk of terrorism is not going away soon. Organizational leaders both at the corporate and political levels are unfortunately placed in a wait-and-see stance, hoping they will not be the next target. Sadly the primary response has been reactive, caring for the injured and burying the dead. Is there any likelihood that pro-active measures can be put in place to predict and prevent future terrorist attacks?

The 9/11 commission report (2006) emphasized the alarming weaknesses of the private sector’s readiness for managing the threat of terrorist activity and concluded that the private sector which controls 85% of the critical infrastructure in the nation remains widely unprepared for a terrorist attack.This is true globally. One writer, Lewis Bransom noted that the enemy is hidden in our midst. We are vulnerable because of the proliferation of new weapons as well as technology and infrastructure.

Recent cases of shootings in the USA and other countries have forced a drive towards gun control as a means of prevention. Psychiatrist Dr James Knoll in 2012 questioned whether terrorism and mass shootings could be prevented. In his article he noted that in reality mass murder cannot be predicted as such, particularly by person’s outside the perpetrator’s social circle. He concludes that any hopes of prevention must rely on various approaches acting together to provide a widely cast safety net.

Errol Samuels-The Native