National Journal’s current cover story, “Get a Grip” reveals: “Terrorists can kill and maim, but they seldom win.”
In this well-written article, author Paul Starobin recounts the history of terrorism and reveals its pitiful record of success.
Here are some of his revelations:
- Cigarettes are much more likely to kill you than terror.
- Terrorism is the weapon of the weak. (As Starobin points out, the strong have real armies.)
- Terrorism is based on the notion that the threads of society are easily severed — that is demonstrably false.
- From the French Revolution to the KKK to the Middle East – terrorism has a history of failure.
Civil disobedience works better in the long run. It’s hard for people to be sympathetic to your cause when you are committing atrocities.
History is on our side.