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  •  Terror is an effective tactic only because .. (1+ / 0-)
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    and to the extent that,   people are willing

    1) to be terrorized --
    2) to amplify, embellish and spread their fears


    One discovered Terrorist  (singular) becomes The (many) Terrorists.

    "What might have been,"  is every bit as horrifying as  if really had happened --

    Plotters can  be re-imagined as sinister supermen who cannot be detected by ordinary police procedures, who cannot be tried by ordinary courts, or confined in ordinary jails.

    So a malcontent moslem kid from Queens sketching subway stations at the direction of an NYPD paid informant becomes one of Bin Laden's Terrorist SuperDupermen.

    "Everyone Wins !"  The authorities consolidate their power over those who feel the need to be protected ... the terrorists increase their prestige among their sponsors and followers -- and demand is created for private security products and services.  

    Bin Laden was of the opinion that Americans were weak, craven, and easily frightened into self-harming over-reaction.  

    He wasn't very wrong, was he ?

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