That’s all they ever offer:
London in the 1970s and 1980s came to accept IRA bombs as almost part of living in the capital. It would help if grotesque publicity were not given to these acts of terror. It distorts risk, encourages imitation and undermines freedom from fear. How to report yet not “promote”, how to convey sympathy without propagating fear, is a skill at which the media is all at sea.
So what should we greet bombs with? Flowers? FFS!
We should perhaps remember that acts of “shock and awe” have also been employed as weapons by western governments, from the second world war to Iraq. There is a sense in which the white van is the poor man’s guided missile.
Ah, yes, the old ‘we deserve it’ tactic.
We are still militarily engaged in Muslim states – which many are bound to see as a war on Islam – and seem unable to stop ourselves. Tragically, all wars have casualties.
When we’re there, it’s usually to try to stop the stone agers from slaughtering their own co-religionists. But you know what? You’ve convinced me. Bring ’em all home. Who cares if they slaughter one another the moment the last Hercules lifts off the runway?
Certainly not me, any more.