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Thursday, September 07, 2006

The only thing we have to fear

Bruce Schneier is a great writer on security issues. But here he's written a load of bunk:
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.

We're all a little jumpy after the recent arrest of 23 terror suspects in Great Britain. . . . Regardless of the threat, from the would-be bombers' perspective, the explosives and planes were merely tactics. Their goal was to cause terror, and in that they've succeeded.
One of the few accurate descriptions he wrote is that we were all a "little jumpy," which seems to be several orders of magnitude lower than "we're in terror." You know what terror is?

It's a successful attack. It's 9/11. It's blood and death. Terror isn't 23 people arrested before they stepped foot on a plane. There's a reason it was described as a "foiled plot." There may have been some overreactions, but you've got to be kidding me if you think the terrorists pegged that as some kind of success. "Ahmed, I just won a match of Halo online. This is a great victory for al Qaeda!"

Let's get it straight: terrorists don't care about your civil liberties. Causing airline passengers inconvenience or more thorough inspections of activities isn't victory for them. They're not members of the ACLU and they're indifferent to our civil liberties.

Here's a handy list of what terrorists might consider victory:
  • explosions
  • death
  • US out of the Middle East
  • destruction of Israel
  • worldwide reign of Islam

"Inconveniencing people trying to take water bottles onto airplanes" doesn't quite compare, does it?

Oh, and one more thing: "What's to stop terriorists now just getting on flights and acting suspiciously on purpose. If no crime was committed (I was just checking my watch, saying my prayers, going to the bathroom etc.) they can cause disruption, create paranoia and terror at will and get off scott free."

Well, they would most likely draw unwanted attention to themselves and possibly be investigated, but besides that, that's essentially defining terrorist victory down to an episode of Punk'd. "Muhammed, let's get our cell together, and all dress up as Best Buy employees and confuse the Zionist Crusaders. We will make it more difficult to find 1GB flash cards and Adam Sandler DVDs, striking terror into their very souls!"


Anonymous Nerva said...

Nicely said, mAc. Nicely said.

Fri Sep 08, 08:14:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Citizen Sane said...

On that note, I've been meaning to write something about a documentary shown on the BBC last week by a reporter called Peter Taylor. The subject? Is it time to engage in conversation with Al Qaeda? Didn't see it, alas, but still plenty to say on the subject. Would be interested to see your take.

You can read about it here

Sun Sep 10, 08:14:00 AM EDT  

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