Monday, January 11, 2010

Fear is al-Qaeda's Goal.

In responding to the attempted bombing of an airliner on Christmas Day, Sen. Dianne Feinstein voiced the feelings of many when she said that to prevent such situations, "I'd rather overreact than underreact." This appears to be the consensus view in Washington, but it is quite wrong. The purpose of terrorism is to provoke an overreaction. Its real aim is not to kill the hundreds of people directly targeted but to sow fear in the rest of the population. Terrorism is an unusual military tactic in that it depends on the response of the onlookers. If we are not terrorized, then the attack didn't work. Alas, this one worked very well.

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1 comment:

Rockdem said...

Americans, and I mean Republicans in particular, need to stop being such cowardly fraidycat sissies... You are playing into the terrorist's hands... Man Up!!!