April 16, 2013

ISN'T THE ENTIRE POINT HERE...:

The Futility of Terrorism : Terrorists are by definition weak. Weaken them further by refusing to be terrorized. (MAX BOOT, 4/16/13, WSJ)

The anarchists called terrorism "propaganda by the deed," and so it remains. If you want to know why terrorism has spread so much since its modern origins in the 19th century, the growth of the mass media is a large part of the explanation. With the rise of the penny press, followed by moving pictures, radio, television, satellite television, mobile telephony and of course the Internet, terrorists have more ways than ever before to get out their message. They strike precisely because they know that their acts will generate feverish coverage--unless, as in the case of Iraq during the past decade, their atrocities become so regular that they cease to shock.

Unlike Iraqis, Americans are still shocked by domestic terrorism, of which, mercifully, we have had precious little since 9/11. So the Boston Marathon bombing got the blanket news coverage its perpetrator(s) presumably wanted. It is doubtful, however, that they will achieve their larger objectives--whatever those might be (so far there has been no claim of responsibility). 


...that any potential meaning of the attack was so obscure that no one has any idea who perpetrated it?  What sort of symbollism is it when you make folks go, huh?

We'd like to think terrorists are more competent than this--otherwise it really does place the "war on terror" in embarrassing perspective.  

It seems just as likely to have been an MIT student's demented final thesis.

Posted by at April 16, 2013 8:58 PM
  

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