The threat by terrorists on The Mall of America and other shopping malls in the U.S. and Canada…

reminds me of something disturbing I’ve seen before; NorthPark Center in Dallas just a couple of days after 911.

NorthPark, usually packed with shoppers everyday, was deserted. There was literally no one there, except store clerks, reporters and other news media who had to be. It was eerie, and scary. Everyone was talking about how quickly fear could cripple the U.S. economy.

Thankfully, shoppers returned to malls and other public places after 911 in time to keep the economy from tanking.

This new threat carries the obvious potential for human casualty. A bomb in any shopping mall would be a horrible tragedy.

But the possible long-term “chilling” effect on the economy is sickening. Millions of Americans depends on jobs that are related to our consumer economy.

ISIS and it’s terrorist kin are like bullies who have proved to be fearless, so far.