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Are Terrorists Encouraged?

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by Arbo, Apr 22, 2013.

  1. Arbo

    Arbo Active Member
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    By essentially shutting down Boston during the manhunt for the two bombers, have terrorist groups learned how easy it is to get into Americans' heads? After all, isn't that what their goal is?
     
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    Yep. They now know folks fear them and will give up liberty if the price is right.
     
  3. Arbo

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    I believe that we are one step closer to London-type surveillance after last week's event.

    It's sad that this generation seems to be so eager to trade away principle for percieved security.
     
  4. InTheLight

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    What is "London-type" surveillance? I know they have a lot of cameras in public spaces. A lot. But it is in public spaces after all.
     
  5. InTheLight

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    I think they already knew how to push our buttons. There is a difference between a manhunt and a random act of violence insofar as shutting down an area is concerned.

    No, their goal is to advance a political or other agenda through terror. Otherwise they would be anarchists, not terrorists.
     
  6. Arbo

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    This is what I meant.
     
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    But if the outcome is the same, what is the difference?

    Agree. You stated it better than I did.
     
  8. InTheLight

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    I don't think that shutting down Boston was the goal of the terrorists. It wasn't their desired outcome (so far as I know.) Certainly their goal was not to get killed/caught!
     
  9. Arbo

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    It may not have been their goal, because it was unprecedented, but I'd bet they weren't disappointed by it. They spooked Americans, which to them appears to be a battle won.
     
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    What do you propose to do in that situation?
     
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    Don Well-Known Member
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    Any terrorist act is meant to create public awareness. The more, the better. It brings awareness of the terrorists' overall goals, agendas, and views.

    Things like Boston shutting down were unintended goals; they had the same effect (media attention) without being planned for.
     
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