Experts talk possibility of Brussels attack on U.S. soil

Belgian Army soldiers patrol at Zaventem Airport in Brussels on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Belgian authorities were searching Wednesday for a top suspect in the country's deadliest attacks in decades, as the European Union's capital awoke under guard and with limited public transport after 34 were killed in bombings on the Brussels airport and a subway station. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

In the wake of the terror attacks in Brussels, the question many are now asking is, could a similar attack happen in the United States?

Retired General William "Jerry" Boykin said he believes the answer is yes, and some current U.S. policy is to blame.

"In America we almost have a perfect storm," he said. "The threat is growing particularly as we bring in more and more of these Syrian refugees, the threat is growing, but law enforcement in many cases in not willing and able to do its job in many cases.

Boykin pointed to the increased scrutiny on police, as cases of police brutality have been front and center in the media over the last year. he said many officers are now more afraid of getting sued and said he's additionally concerned about the United States allowing some people from the Middle East to seek asylum here.

"What's happening in Europe is the same thing that's happening in America, they have become so politically correct, they have done so many things in the name of tolerance that they have increased their risk tremendously," he said.

But Matteo Garavoglia, who studies Foreign policy in Europe for the Brookings Institution, said there are some major differences to consider as well.

"The United States is welcoming a very limited amount of asylum seekers and refugees and Europe has been welcoming far more."

According to Eurostat's Refugee Processing Center, The European Union granted asylum to just under 77,000 Syrian refugees in 2015 versus less than two thousand in the United States.

Garavoglia, whose focus of study is the migrant refugee crisis, added that most of those involved in recent terror attacks in both the United States and Europe been from the area where they committed the act of terror.

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