Friday, November 29, 2013

Politics and Terrorism

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“In theory, terrorists could obtain viruses, nukes, and the like from black markets, but these seem to be confined to James Bond movies and newspaper articles trafficking in rumor and speculation. They could also obtain weapons of mass destruction from one of the very few states that have such weapons and would like to see Israel or the United States suffer, but any leader pondering such a move has to consider that if his role in an attack were uncovered, his country would quickly be reduced to rubble.”

Overuse of Fear in Political

We often see politicians use fear in their campaign. It usually works. After 9/11, the President Bush was seen as a heros for striking back at terrorists. The Republican had used fear to promote their popularity for years. The tactic is simple: Promote fear and offer help. But, perhaps, they overuse it. The American feels safer but not safe. They got tired of the Republican and went for the Democrat. Barak Obama won the election in 2008.

The Aim of Terrorists is Terror

“Terrorists are not formidable foes. If they were, they would fight using other means. It is precisely their weakness that leads them to carry out the slaughter of innocents—the one form of attack available to even the feeblest combatant. In itself, such slaughter is unlikely to deliver a serious blow to the enemy. But it does generate fear, and fear can inspire reactions that terrorists hope will advance their cause.”
Terrorists always have two goals: Political goals and tactical goals. Most of terrorists rarely succeed in their political goals. But most of them can achieve tactical goals in three following ways: Revenge, renounce, and reaction. They want to revenge for what they think it’s unfair. They renounce to establish a good image for themselves and/or pose a bad image for their target. Renunciation helps them recruit new forces. Finally, reaction is up to the enemy. The goal is to provoke the target to over-react. For example, the target may pour a large portion of fiscal budget into military, and cripple its own economy.
“The terrorists wouldn’t destroy America; The terror would.”

Attacking the Terror

If the goal of terrorists is to create terror (not to destroy building), we should deal with or attack the terror that the terrorists want to create. We should convince the public not to be in fear, because being in fear make us do stupid things. And, that’s what the terrorists want.

SOURCEThe Science of Fear: How the Culture of Fear Manipulates Your Brain 

Book or Audiobooks?

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However, when the material is an audiobook, it is extremely hard to locate a specific part of content. Most likely you will have to listen to the entire audiobook once again.

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