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multidoc
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12:00 PM on 04/22/2013
Excellent article, thank you.
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Dave F
Former Republican. Liberal = liberty.
11:55 AM on 04/22/2013
Terrorism is the attempt to have outsize fear occur due to an event that is well-publicized, and given larger significance than warranted.

While I understand that bombings occurring at the Boston marathon is indeed news, as is the chase and capture of the suspects, what we as Americans need to recognize is that terrorism has arrived at our shores, and it is not going away. That is not to say we do nothing. But from the practical, average citizen standpoint, we need to say this:

"EFF YOU, terrorists. We will NOT be afraid. We will live our lives, and you will NOT stop us."

Go to sporting events like the Boston marathon; show up in even LARGER numbers next year. We need to go to malls, fly on airplanes, do everything we would normally do, and NOT allow terrorists to frighten us.

We need to cut both local and federal law enforcement a break too. They cannot stop every plot. or root out every terrorist. Events like this will happen again. While it is undoubtedly tragic that people lost both life and limbs in these bombings, we must not forget that people die from other causes every day - car accidents, workplace accidents, the flu, murders, etc. They just don't make the national news because they aren't meant as a means to instill widespread fear.

Don't give terrorist actions outsize importance. Yes, be aware; See something, say something. But don't stop living. That's how we defeat terrorism.
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Carl Caroli
I just don't understand people
02:25 PM on 04/22/2013
No one comprehends the lesson of David and Goliath. When you are the giant terrorizing the little people, the little people will always find a way to bring the giant to it's knees, regardless of how big, how strong, how much pain the giant can inflict.
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Craig Schultz
If there is hope, it will be found in Pripyat.
11:47 AM on 04/22/2013
The main goal of "terrorism" is the paralysis of the target.

It's not about how many people are killed, it's about how many peoples' lives are negatively impacted to the point of their beginning to oppose their own government.
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Carl Caroli
I just don't understand people
02:27 PM on 04/22/2013
The main goal of terrorism is revenge for some perceived wrong doing. Why is it Americans are too high and mighty to comprehend this?
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llLeoll
My NRA rating is F
03:15 PM on 04/22/2013
It's actually designed to bring out the authoritarian underbelly of teh attacked target. Like the IRA managed to do in Britain, bringing out the anti-Catholic biases that were very prevalent in Ulster. Until the UK wised up, made religious discrimination illegal, and began treating the NRA as the common criminals that they are.

Unfortunately, after 911, the terrorists won. Since our response was to bomb and kill 10's of thousdands of Afghans and Iraqis -- most of whom were innocent bystanders. Women, children and unarmed men. So they exposed us for what we are at our worst.

I hope that we eventually evolve to the UK's position. And act with justice instead of coercion.
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karlpopperfan
respect life, liberty, and property
11:44 AM on 04/22/2013
how to reduce Islamist terrorism in the US:
1) Pull out of Afghanistan ASAP. This will reduce the notion that the US is at war with Islam as Al Quada loves to say when pointing out civilian casualties and a heavy US presence in the Muslim world.
2) Stop the drone war: see #1 about civilian casualties and terrorist propaganda.
3) Stop supporting autocrats in Saudi Arabia. This is very unpopular with the Muslim street outside of SA.
4) Take a harder line with Israel about settlement building. The Muslim world often sees the US as a mercenary and patron of Israeli aggression against the Palestinians.
01:41 PM on 04/22/2013
I whole-hardheartedly agree with all of those points, but I don't think we can expect Islamic terrorism in the US to go away for at least a generation or two, regardless of what we do. As long as the Islamic world has these intransigent problems with the West and Israel and among themselves, and, as long as we are a high-profile security leader in the international order, we're going piss some people off and be a target, no matter what. So I agree with all four of those actions, but I think we're still going to be dealing with Islamic terrorism (and other forms of terrorism) - in most cases in just a law enforcement context, but with big technological and international intelligence aspects - for the foreseeable future, even if we adopt better policies toward the Muslim world. I don't hold that against them, in general - they have issues that will time to work out. It's just not going to be that quick or easy for us to remake our image and we can't fix everyone's problems. And those we can help with, can't be fixed overnight.
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Carl Caroli
I just don't understand people
02:28 PM on 04/22/2013
5) Stop supporting Israel unconditionally. It makes us more enemies than anything else.
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bdoug25000
Bio? Nope, Mostly mechanical
11:15 AM on 04/22/2013
Global war indeed! Anyone with a grudge, a cause, an antipathy or prejudice can simply get online and be recruited by others with the same issues and agenda, or infected by their propaganda and choose to act on their own. Either way, a potential terrorist can get training, support and guidance via the internet. Weapons are readily available; instructions on how to build a bomb are only a few clicks away on a computer. All the rules have changed. The question I have is this: Just how much of our liberty and our privacy are We, The People going to be willing to give up to pretend that Our Government can actually prevent this from happening?

Franklin said thus:"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
04:25 PM on 04/22/2013
It's all part of the current Republican struggle.........their willing to give up your rights, but they haven't quite gotten to the point where they can come to terms with giving up theirs :-)

The cold hard fact is that those rights are transitioning to something entirely different as we transition to a global world with 9 billion people. Our current system of 'loosely coupled organized corruption' will need to be tightened up here and that will definitely cut into a lot of the activities of the underground economy.........the one that the Republicans call small business...........that is, the one that's still got some room to cheat or avoid taxes.
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John LaVoy
10:55 AM on 04/22/2013
I thought the Boston events showed a real soft spot in the American character. Yeah, I know how Boston soldiered on and people rushed toward the explosions and all that, but in reality, the number of casualties didn't fit with the massive response by the media. These two guys should have been a laughingstock, an object of derision. Instead, we shut down an entire metropolitan region out of panic. In the 12 years since 2001, the much feared terrorist maniacs have managed to kill a handful of Americans. We invest them with too much power. Too much importance. The guys could have killed more people with a speeding SUV than with a pressure cooker bomb. They chose a bomb because its visible: its newsworthy. It gets coverage.
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multidoc
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12:02 PM on 04/22/2013
This event was treated the way it was by law enforcement on the off-chance that it was part of a series of attacks, OR that the individuals involved were part of a network. And, in my opinion, rightly so. Your quarrel should be with the media only.
jhNY
Mercy.
12:40 PM on 04/22/2013
'Fear is the mindkiller', a fictional desert dweller of some note opined-- and fear is also opportunity for those who mean to take more social control.
10:37 AM on 04/22/2013
A fourth aspect of modern terrorism is the evasiveness of the modern terrorist. Modern acts of terror are often done without any obvious intent, apparently for no rhyme or reason. The people responsible may even actively disclaim responsibility for an attack. Modern terrorists clearly believe that random unattributed attacks serve their political agenda, and they believe they can operate more effectively in a fearful, militarized society.

Linked more by their common methods rather than by their disparate ends, terrorists seem to believe that any act of terrorism serves all terrorist ends. In their view the Kansas City bombing, the Columbine shootings, and 911 all serve the same ends.
jhNY
Mercy.
12:41 PM on 04/22/2013
Terrorists, in other words, are mostly defined, and classed together, by the terrorized.
04:30 PM on 04/22/2013
All terrorist have intent...........even if the intent is only to fulfill some paranoid delusion.
08:21 PM on 04/22/2013
I said there was no "obvious intent". There is certainly institutional intent.
The acts themselves are not rational, but there is institutional support for them. The Columbine shootings, for example, have been co-opted by terrorists. The Boston and Fort Hood massacres are copy-cat crimes.
09:56 AM on 04/22/2013
I compare terrorism to a natural disaster like a hurricane or a tornado. When they come along, they are fast, destructive and highly public. We get swept away by emotions and unanimously call for action, even if its the wrong decision.
09:20 AM on 04/22/2013
Although drab minute-by-minute reporting can feel like a bad TV series, to the average media consumer the events in Boston have been favourable to this type of reporting; over the course of a few days they went from reporting the incident to reporting the killing and capture of the suspects. The story then becomes a victory of sorts against terror. But I too would have liked to see more in-depth discussion interspersed with (important) real-time updates. Comments such as those made by Salafi Sheikhs' calling the attack 'amateurish' and the non-central (or 'mobile', as you put it) nature of modern terrorism is something worthy of open and serious discussion.
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bthompson18
09:14 AM on 04/22/2013
The media conflates terrorism, sadly they go over and over the events until we get fed up with it. And next time we dont even bother watching it.
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Arion
09:10 AM on 04/22/2013
I think this post exaggerates the role of organized terror networks. Yes, of course there are looelsly organized terror networks, like Al Qaeda, but almost all recent terror incidents have been the work of deranged, lone individuals. Several of these have turned to jihad ideology as a cover or rationale for personal violent tendencies. but the faith angle is pretty much icing on the motivation cake.
jhNY
Mercy.
12:45 PM on 04/22/2013
Membership, in that particular group, seems at this point largely aspirational: all that's required is declaration of affiliation by those who would be members.

After which point, we take them for who they say they are, though it's unclear if the home office and the new member have ever communicated, passed information between themselves, or money, or weapons.
09:07 AM on 04/22/2013
Insightful article. Experts remind us that Terrorism is a tactic, not a movement to be defeated. Unfortunately with all the media attention focused on these terrorist acts and the groups behind them, it appears that the unintended consequence is the emergence of the crazy wannabes, without any real affiliation with an identified group, taking it upon themselves to initiate acts of terrorism. Although it's still too early to know what motivated the Boston Marathon bombers, as yet. There have been to reports of any manifesto or no claim of responsibilty, no links to an organized group, no deeply help religious or political beliefs.
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gininitaly
Finché c'è vita c'è speranza.
10:58 AM on 04/22/2013
Funny how the terrorist attacks we inflict on others never seem to hit the media here in the good ol'USofA.
01:34 PM on 04/22/2013
That's a terrible thing to say. I get it, that on a level, the family of the kid who dies when a US fighter pilot drops a bomb on a target thinks they are terrorized, because killed is killed, no matter what you call it. But feel free to join the adult world anytime. There is a difference. The Boston Marathon bombers meant to kill that 8 year old boy. If the US achieves victory, people gain liberty as no species ever had in the history of life itself. But if extremists achieve victory...do I really need to go on? So if the question is 'why are we involved overseas, ever'? remember Rowanda, or Nazi Germany. Wait too long and you have a big war, where thousands die every day, not over ten years. These are difficult questions adults have to grapple with, and those who dismiss the US's answers are offering comic book criticism at best. There isn't an easier way and I wish people living in ivory towers would stop pretending there was. It wastes time, like the five minutes I just wasted.
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RubyMontana
When did money become a four-letter-word?
08:59 AM on 04/22/2013
An interesting article.

Military is not needed. How does local government stop the training that continues all over the world? Do we just send over the Sheriff to "listen"? The idea of technology and "parts" is mentioned. How do you stop one from shopping out of the neighborhood? How do you stem that product if it comes from out of the country? What does local government do with world leadership that fosters this behavior?

LONG before local police "root out all types of problems", family knows. How do you get to the family? How do you get them to come forward TO the police? How do you get a mother ... or a brother, to turn any type of a "problem" in?

In theory, this all works, of course. And as an armchair parlor game, the conversation could continue well into the future. But there are people out here. Real people. You can call the "problem" anything. But you need more than local government to protect them.

You need the conscience of family and the power of the military.
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Duerksen
...but on the other side, it didn't say nothing.
08:48 AM on 04/22/2013
The fertilizer explosion in Waco TX killed at least 15 people, and occurred in a plant that was a documented stranger to safety law compliance. Where is the manhunt for the criminals guilty in this one?

Murdering innocents in the name of religion or ideology is reprehensible, but let's put things in perspective. Industry slaughters far more innocents every year in the pursuit of monetary profit - and they seem to get off the hook with little more than insignificant fines.
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gininitaly
Finché c'è vita c'è speranza.
11:01 AM on 04/22/2013
Not to mention the wars of terror we don't have any compunction about inflicting on others... so which came first, the cart or the MIC profit making horse?
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Cory Gudwin
examine thyself before blaming the system
11:36 AM on 04/22/2013
The frequency of attack by a particular type of group does really matter, not the exceptions.

Despite Waco, TX and Timothy McVeigh: the vast majority of terror attacks worldwide over the past 45 years have been by Muslims with the goal of driving away or killing any non-Muslims on what the jihadi perceive as Muslim Land.
This effort is exactly what is advised as a duty in several books of the Koran and the Hadiths. There is no misinterpretation or context issue here at all. Go read them yourself to confirm.
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Duerksen
...but on the other side, it didn't say nothing.
12:02 PM on 04/22/2013
Less than 4,000 Americans have been killed by terrorist acts in the US since 1980.  
How many of us have died in that time period due to the greed of profit seekers?  Hundreds of thousands, I would guess.  When corners are cut in the interests of profit, and people die - there should be hell to pay.  I was only asking:  why do we seen so comfortable to die as a result of somebody's greed for money?
08:48 AM on 04/22/2013
Talk about "an vested interest".
This dude is making bank due to this violent climate.
Terrorism cannot be stopped simply because there are so many people making money from it.
Once you build an economic ecosystem around it, like the tens of billions spent on the long failed War On Drugs, it can never stop.