Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Persistent Specter Of Terrorism

This is obviously good news, but the fact that cases of attempted terrorism of this sort are becoming bi-annual feature in the news media is frightening. My stepmother works in the security industry, and she says that for every failed plot that's reported in the news, there are a dozen more that don't get reported, and given that, I suspect it's only a matter of time until there's another successful attack on American soil. We can be thankful that terrorists as a group seem to lack imagination - as many people as it might kill in Times Square during a busy time of day, a van full of explosives could do a lot more damage if it blew up next to a chemical plant - but there are clearly enough people with both motivation and means that eventually one of these attempts is bound to succeed. Given the dire state of the economy that's the last thing we need.

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