U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) today issued the following statement in response to the attempted terrorist attack on Scotland’s busiest airport in Glasgow.  Today's attack followed the discovery yesterday of two cars laden with explosives in London, and authorities in the United Kingdom believe the two incidents are linked.  Smith chairs the terrorism subcommittee on the House Armed Services Committee.

“These attempted attacks in the U.K. illustrate the challenge we face in the fight against terrorist networks:  these groups are not just in Iraq or Afghanistan.  We have to be ready to pursue them wherever they may take root and stop them before they strike.  But most importantly, we have to actively confront the ideology that drives people to plan and execute these attacks against us and our allies.”