Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Margin of Terror.

Given recent events, here's a question: If a terrorist cell is caught before it launches an attack, but people get scared when they learn of the thwarted plans, did an act of terror occur nonetheless?

Terrorism is just theatre, after all. Blowing up the CN Tower doesn't actually accomplish anything concrete, nor does killing innocents on the way to work ... It's the fear sowed that is the aim. And you can sometimes scare people just as much by not doing something as doing it.

Which is why FDR was right: The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. An act of terror is in the mind and it is now entirely up to us to decide whether to let this one happen or not.

The war on terror is over, if you want it.

P.S. Thanks to the RCMP and CSIS for their hard work.

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