The terrorists have won

10 Aug

We awake this morning to news that the British authorities broke up a significant terrorist plot involving US airlines. (Kudos to the Brits for the good intelligence work.) So what do we in the US do? We raise the terror threat level to critical.

Brilliant. (Read that with a heavy dose of sarcasm.)

Read this commentary on a new paper by the libertarian Cato Institute. It makes perfect sense. Your chances of being struck by lightning, or dying of an influenza pandemic, are greater than your chances of being the victim of a terrorist attack. The point of terrorism is to make people afraid–and when we get worried, raise the threat level and so on, then the terrorists are winning.

When did the nation that won WWII become such a nation of sheep?

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