The Terror of Terrorists
Taking a page from George R. R. Martin's blog, I think some people have forgotten what exactly it is terrorists do. More than the arson, more than the murders, it's about sowing terror.
Judging from the responses of the US and the UK as of late, it seems that their government is doing exactly what the terrorists set out to do: giving in to fear. I mean so far, it's a lose-lose situation. They don't stop the terrorists, the nation is caught in its grip of terror amidst much destruction. When they do manage to apprehend and prevent terrorism, the nation is still overwhelmed by fear.
Of course it's easy to say this and that, especially with us being far way from either country. But honestly, we've experienced something like it. It wasn't so long ago that bombs were planted in key locations in the country, from shopping malls to public transportation vehicles. The bombings have stopped by the security precaution's haven't. Until this day, there are armed security men and women guarding the entrances of malls and the MRT, performing bag searches and the occasional frisking. Let's be honest, this really isn't much a deterrent. The searches aren't thorough enough to prevent anyone from concealing dangerous weapons. All it does is slow down the line and hassle people. That and giving people muscle cramps as they suspend their bags on one arm.