|The role and purpose of terror
||[Mar. 12th, 2004|04:35 pm]
The recent events in Madrid are simply tragic - per head of population Spain has lost almost half as many lives as the USA did in 9/11. I think everyone has said that, though I was concerned that someone on BBC News decided this was an appropriate occasion to explain how it proved that invading Iraq was the wrong thing to do (not sure how this follows).|
Meanwhile I'm thinking, are these not the most incompetent terrorists in the world? It must take a certain amount of organisational skill to wage destruction on that scale, but I always thought the point of terrorism was to make people afraid of you. Yet to make people afraid, they surely have to know that it's you behind it all?
Hence the odd turn of phrase on the news saying that a terrorist organisation has claimed responsibility for some atrocity or other. Call me Orwellian, but I have always thought that the news media should be encouraged to use the phrase confessed to.