What the terrorists want

Posted in General at 11:34 am by jw

My last post wasn’t as interesting in hindsight as it first seemed in my mind.  Oh well…

Saw this great piece from Bruce Schneier today though:

The point of terrorism is to cause terror, sometimes to further a political goal and sometimes out of sheer hatred. The people terrorists kill are not the targets; they are collateral damage. And blowing up planes, trains, markets or buses is not the goal; those are just tactics. The real targets of terrorism are the rest of us: the billions of us who are not killed but are terrorized because of the killing. The real point of terrorism is not the act itself, but our reaction to the act.

And we’re doing exactly what the terrorists want.

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