David Cid: Resolve is critical in combating terrorism
Another attack is inevitable
“The purpose of terrorism is to terrorize.” This memorable quote was from the Russian dictator Joseph Stalin, one of the more conspicuously prolific butchers of the 20th century. Brian Jenkins of Rand Corporation, reflecting on the terrorist exploitation of the media, said this: “Terrorism is theater, it is not directed at the victims but at those who are watching.” Paul Wilkinson, in his seminal article “Ethical Defenses of Terrorism – Defending the Indefensible” notes that the arbitrary nature of terrorism creates fear in that if no one in particular is target, no one can feel safe.
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