The definitive victory of terrorists isn’t the number of victims they actually kill in reality but the distortion of perception they induce among the masses. Zillions $ have been spent on security around the whole world to prevent terrorist acts which, in the end -save 9/11 which cannot happen twice- can kill a very limited score of people. Granted, some security measures are necessary (particularly in the flying business) but overall the money (by the billions, really) that is spent on totally unnecessary precautions could save thousands of people, be it used wisely to fight diseases. Or by strictly implementing the basic rules of road driving safety.
There was a ship accident 2 years ago in the
when a tourist boat sank with 5 victims (I don’t remember exactly). It wasn’t due to terrorism so it was forgotten two days later. The captain was responsible I think. Had it be caused by a terrorist attack (why would terrorists -but some nuts- want to scull a tourist boat is beyond me) another set of draconian regulations and security and screening measures would have been implemented with bio/fingerprinting of all passengers, where they come from, their ancestors etc. etc. New York Harbour
It looks like (and it is admissible, given the context) the
was all in a frantic chase of murderous terrorists some weeks after 9/11 because of a purported planned attack against indiscriminate citizens with anthrax. In the end, only 3 persons died and the whole thing petered out… That’s where lays the core raison d’être of terrorism: to alter the perception of reality and eventually change reality. Not directly but by making potential victims of terrorism change reality themselves. Out of their “free will”. In that sense, you need not to be killed or even maimed to be a victim of terrorism. US
By refusing to assess reality as it is but rather participating in the distortion of said reality by nurturing the fear factor, you simply are contributing to the terrorists’ strategy and victory. By calling to endless security measures with no end in sight you’re simply turning yourself into a terrorist. When Blair once said that we will have to live with terrorism for at least a generation this dimwit played the fear factor full steam. As did G. Bush and his war against terrorism. And when will the war come to an end?
When these two war criminals will have left their job to more responsible leaders.