Friday, January 16, 2015
Terrorists: Winning by Losing
If they do or when they get there they no longer need to succeed in most attacks they attempt. They would just need to attack often enough to make whole populations in cities feel on edge. They can win by instilling constant fear.
On the other hand European governments know this is possible. That is why there is an overwhelming police and military presence now in France.
When push comes to shove, the Europeans will have to temporarily suspend some of their civil liberties to preserve their security. Unlike the Americans, these guys had spent too much time talking peace. often hypocritically and failing to prepare for war.
The Swiss just gave up their peg to the Euro. It is getting darker in Europe but there is no other way to fair weather without passing through the storm.
Similarly the front page of today's papers tell me that Singapore economic restructuring is too painless to get the results we need and stronger pain is coming. It could be at the most inconvenient time for the PAP when they need to call for elections.
Update: 6:40 am
Some numbers from the WSJ article.
Posted by PengYou at 6:34 AM