Yglesias

An Anniversary Post

CREDIT:

I’m back online! And it seems like the thing to do today would be to write a 9/11 anniversary reflection.

Mainly, I’d like to second the argument that Spencer Ackerman makes with more care and detail here. Terrorism is a weapon of the weak. A political movement that lacks the human and material resources necessary to inflict major practical damage can, if it’s clever, use stagey acts of murder and destruction to terrorize its adversaries. The ideal response is to refuse to be terrorized, to put the risk in perspective, and to subject proposed countermeasures to roughly the same kind of cost-benefit scrutiny that’s used for other proposed life-saving policy interventions.