Terror is as Terror Does

This whole terror attack in Paris is nothing new. Terrorists terrorize because that’s all that they can do, and will continue to do so while they feel like Here security expert Bruce Schneier nine years ago with Refuse to be Terrorized:

The point of terrorism is to cause terror, sometimes to further a political goal and sometimes out of sheer hatred. The people terrorists kill are not the targets; they are collateral damage. And blowing up planes, trains, markets or buses is not the goal; those are just tactics.

The real targets of terrorism are the rest of us: the billions of us who are not killed but are terrorized because of the killing. 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.

History may not repeat, but it rhymes:

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