Terrorism expert: ‘They don’t want our attention. They want our death’

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – When Mark Ensalaco woke up to news of another terrorist attack by ISIS, he sadly, wasn’t surprised.

“My first reaction was what took them so long? We knew this was coming,” he said.

Ensalaco is the Director of Research at the University of Dayton’s Human Rights Center and has been studying terrorists for years.

“It’s terrifying. I don’t think Al Qaeda was this well organized,” he said.

Ensalaco said while these attacks are spreading fear and concern across the world, he doesn’t believe that’s the main goal for ISIS.

“They don’t want our attention. They want our death.”

That chilling motive is why he said the United States is at risk, but says Europe is ground zero.

“There’s always the threat, we’ve always been the target, we are the head of the snake, as they would say, but right now I think Europe has a far more serious problem.”

Ensalaco said this attack was predicted after the arrest of the suspected ISIS member last week that was allegedly involved in the Paris attacks.

“I’m not sure that European law enforcement intelligent services are really just have the manpower to keep up with this threat,” he said.

He says that threat will go away once ISIS loses the ability to attract people to join.

“This will end when mothers and fathers stop telling their children that killing oneself in the act of murdering others is jihad in the way of Allah–that this does not bestow glory, this is murder and suicide and we are a long way from that,” said Ensalaco.

Ensalaco said the US needs to stay true to itself by staying vigilant and strong.

He says while there may be more attacks by ISIS he does not believe the terrorists pose a threat to society in the United States.

“They are not going to destroy the foundation of the United States. We can destroy the foundation of the United States,” said Ensalaco.

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