Pitts: Deny terrorists their power

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May 28, 2013

Excerpt: I have not seen the video.

Not saying I won’t, but for now, I’ve chosen not to.

To rush online and seek out cell phone footage of two fanatics with machetes who butchered a British soldier in London on Wednesday, to watch them standing there, hands painted red with his blood, speaking for the cameras, would feel like an act of complicity, like giving them what they want, like being a puppet yanked by its strings.

Sometimes, especially in the heat of visceral revulsion, we forget an essential truth about terrorism.

Namely, that the people who do these things are the opposite of powerful. Non-state sponsored terror is a tactic chosen almost exclusively by the impotent.

These people have no inherent power. They command no armies, they boss no economies, their collective arsenals are puny by nationstate standards.

No, what they have is a willingness to be random, ruthless and indiscriminate in their killing.

But they represent no existential danger.

The United States once tore itself in half and survived the wound. Could it really be destroyed by men using airliners as guided missiles?

Britain was once bombed senseless for eight months straight and lived to tell the tale. Could it really be broken by two maniacs with machetes?

Of course not.

No, terrorism’s threat lies not in its power, but in its effect, its ability to make us appalled, frightened, irrational, and, most of all, convinced that we are next, and nowhere is safe.

Here, I’m thinking of the lady who told me, after 9/11, that she would never enter a skyscraper again.

Comments

Contango

Re: "No, terrorism’s threat lies not in its power, but in its effect, its ability to make us appalled, frightened, irrational, and, most of all, convinced that we are next, and nowhere is safe."

To the contrary: "Terrorism's" REAL threat is the American political ruling class' ability to use the trumped up fear of it in order to strip away and suspend citizens' Constitutional rights and freedoms.

"When there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them." - Atlas Shrugged

The Big Dog's back

When's the last time you came out of your bunker pooh?

4shizzle

So Whiney,
You quote Ayn Rand, a sociopath atheist who admired a serial killer, as your authority?

SamAdams

Wow, Big Dog, color ME stunned! Who knew you supported the Bush administration's USA PATRIOT Act?!?

Contango

Joseph Goebbels, Reich Minister of Propaganda:

"...film is one of the most modern and far-reaching means for influencing the masses. . . . A government can therefore not possibly leave the film world to itself."

Nope! NO socio-economic connections between Hollywood, mass media and the American Political Ruling Class is there?

"The illusion has become real," - Wall Street

4shizzle

You shouldn't drink and comment.
What are you trying to say?
Say it plainly without trying to impress people of how " well read" you are with your cryptic quotes .

The Big Dog's back

To bad Chung Lee isn't around. He use to really fluster winnie. Chung Lee where are you?

4shizzle

LOL !

4shizzle

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4shizzle

I feel like I've found the prequels to Star Wars as I read the comments.

The Big Dog's back

Yes.

4shizzle

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4shizzle

again

4shizzle

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4shizzle

Thanks Sandusky Register.

The Big Dog's back

He really brought out the dark side of pooh.

4shizzle

Ha Ha Ha

He had gigged me 4 times. I disputed and got them back.

4shizzle

SANDUSKY REGISTER

Why on and off?

5 times?