If you want to attack a city, instill it with fear and terror to the point the citizens there change their way of life, you might want to pick a place that’s not New York City.
You always hear how we won’t let fear change us, but that’s not always true. We use fear to enact bans on refugees, suspend Constitutional rights, and even how we look at each other. But, when you hear them say that about NYC, it’s not just wishful thinking, like when you say “we’re not going to let Russia hoodwink our stupid people into voting Republican.” In NYC, the people are not going to change how they live.
They’re going to go to concerts, plays, little leagues, ride bicycles, eat New York style pizza, and flip each other off while ignoring rats on the subway…just like they do every day.
For that matter, I don’t see you changing the people in Paris and London either.
In case you haven’t noticed, the places you can’t intimidate are blue areas. You can scare Donald Trump, Republicans, and people who vote that way. But, you’re not scaring us. Hell, terrorists hit Virginia and the state got bluer.
People who commit terrorism are cowards. I don’t say that just because everyone else says it. They truly are. They believe they will die and go to Heaven, thus not having to deal with the consequences of their actions. That’s the very definition of cowardice.
I’d recommend to cowards that they avoid New York City and the rest of the United States in general. There must be a better use of your time than trying to scare people who don’t scare easy.
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As someone who grew up in NYC: If we’re going to reduce a large group of people to a stereotype, may as well do it right. New Yorkers have a tremendous capacity to ignore things, including horrific acts such as the one that took place yesterday. NYers are generally too busy to care about politics or policy (other than finance) on a consistent basis, vs for a few months every 4 years.
Unfortunately, the intended audience of such attacks, if there was any kind of mastermind planing behind it at all, is in DC. That is a different crowd entirely, in terms of how they will react and in terms of the levers of power that are available to them. Basically, the terrorists are making an invitation for the US to repeat the tragic mistakes of the Bush administration in the aftermath of 9/11 – Trump shows all the signs of being cast from the same mold as GWB.
With heartfelt sympathy for the victims, I hope we are able to leave aside the empty gestures of patriotism and can try to react in a rational way, that takes into account the entire cyclical pattern of behavior that characterizes terrorist provocations, and the multiplicative effects of counterterrorism efforts when, as is common, they are simply hijacked in the heat of the moment, to promote standard NeoCon policy.
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Can’t recall the exact line from Casablanca, but it was something like Rick telling the Nazi major, “There are parts of New York City I don’t recommend you try to invade.”
Here in the DC area we have had some empty gestures to combat terrorism, such as checking everybody’s bags on the way into each Smithsonian museum, putting up bollards around a lot of government buildings, and preventing people from going up either the main stairs outside the Supreme Court or the stairs on the West Front of the Capitol– the ones with the terrific view down the Mall toward the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial. Want to see in one view what America is all about, kids? Sorry, no can do anymore.
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