We’re becoming numb to terrorism

Terrorists become worse at the only thing they seek to do…..terrify human beings.

The point of terrorism is to terrify.

Whether it’s 9/11 or the 2015 attack in Paris or the 2017 subway attack in London or the most recent attack in New York City, the aim is always to create an omnipresent feel of danger.

A recent article in Slate suggests that terror groups like ISIS are losing their ability to inspire fear. Amarnath Amarasingam and Colin P. Clarke, the authors of the piece, argue that “terrorism fatigue can be setting in around the world.”

Their argument is that terror attacksspecifically since September 11, have come to be both more common and much less organizedinstead, we’ve seen a string of attacks throughout the West that have been achieved by lone individuals with few resources, little education, and hardly any planning. The attack in new york city this week is a prime example: A 29-yrold guy drives a rented truck right into a crowded bike path, killing 8 peopleand then flees with pellet and paintball weapons in hand.

According to Amarasingam and Clarke, these sorts of low-level attacks have become so common that people are growing numb to them. As a result, the “once-shocking violence becomes normalized” and citizens stop responding with the panic and outrage that were once their reactions.

I reached out to Amarasingam, who is a fellow at George Washington University’s Program on Extremism and the co-director of a study of Western foreign fighters at the University of Waterloo, to discuss why he believes terrorists are, increasingly, failing to accomplish their central goal — to terrify.

Our full conversation, lightly edited for clarity, follows………..Read More Here


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