Sunday, January 10, 2010

A great article on our response to terrorist threats

As usual, Fareed Zakaria pretty well captures my thinking about how we should (and should not) respond to terrorist threats.

I think he nails it that having us spend billions of dollars making travel miserable for millions of innocent non-terrorists and diverting planes and scrambling swat teams whenever somebody crosses into a secure area that wouldn't have been secure if not for the threat of terrorism seems like doing the terrorists jobs for them (admittedly, and thankfully, minus the bloodshed). But to the critical point: it doesn't make us any safer, it is a huge drain on our economy, and it perpetuates the very fear and tension that the terrorist seeks to create. How is that possibly justifiable as "defeating terrorism?"

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