Two thoughts ran through my head yesterday night when I heard about the bombings in Britain. The first was, “I wonder what the percentages are.” I haven’t seen a figure yet, but just thinking about land mass,
I wonder if 50 Britians dead is close to the percentage of Americans that died in 9/11. The reactions are pretty similar.
My second thought was whether this was a wise move for Al Queda. At a time when America and Britian were more focused on Gitmo and the prisoners and whether we should be doing this at all, to have someone hit our homelands would seem to refocus our thoughts on what this fighting is all about. It’s easy to say that we’re wasting time and lives if everything occurs in Iraq. It’s another thing if it hits home. Fox News’ Shepherd Smith said something like this is the first terrorist attack in Britain since WWII.
The other thought, though, was that Al Queda needed some show (albeit a small one) that it was still relevant outside of Iraq. Since a lot of people have been talking about it being ineffective and being beaten, it sure would help them to look like they were still around.
One has to question the timing though– why right before the G8 conference in Scotland? To refocus the leaders of the world on terrorism above Africa and Global Warming? I guess if you want fear you certainly couldn’t beat everyone talking about it.
Remember, terror only works if people are afraid– that’s it’s greatest strength.