« Last post by Dallasbeek on July 02, 2015, 11:35:16 PM »
The purpose of terrorists is, of course, to terrorize. When we succumb to terror, they have succeeded. When we are forced to remove shoes, belts, etc., by the Transportation Safety Administration, it's the result of our government reacting to previous terrorist attempts (as if the terrorists are going to keep trying the failed strategies until they succeed-- isn't that the supposed Einstein definition of insanity?). Meanwhile, terrorists are thinking up other schemes to kill a few dozen/hundred/thousand Americans. They can fail 100, 1,000 or whatever times, but when they have one success, we're thrown into a state of fear. Whereupon, they have succeeded in terrorizing us.
The answer? I don't know, but armies are renowned for fighting the last war and I think anti-terror thinkers are becoming renowned for countering the last terrorist threat, not the one just around the corner. I've always felt the best crime-fighters were the ones who thought like criminals. Maybe we need to foster that kind of thinkers.