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Friday, September 15, 2006

What the Terrorists Want

Please take a minute out of your day and read security expert Bruce Schneier's latest newsletter.

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.

Tis true.


Karen 9/15/2006 03:59:00 PM  

Terrorism has touched my life intimately twice - in 2001, but first in 1988 when I was living in England with my family. My friend Sarah and her family lost their lives on board Pan Am 103.

This quotation is accurate, and I plan to follow your link and read some more.