Our job is to think critically and rationally, and to ignore the cacophony of other interests trying to use terrorism to advance political careers or increase a television show's viewership.
The surest defense against terrorism is to refuse to be terrorized. or changes in foreign policy and military alliances?
And imagine that the press didn't write about it endlessly, and that the politicians didn't use the event to remind us all how scared we should be.
If we'd reacted that way, then the terrorists would have truly failed.
Certainly the suspects were a long way off from trying: None had bought airline tickets, and some didn't even have passports.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 same day, a Muslim man was removed from an airplane in Denver for reciting prayers.The Transportation Security Administration decided that the flight crew overreacted, but he still had to spend the night in Denver before flying home the next day.