I'd like everyone to take a deep breath and listen for a minute.
And we're doing exactly what the terrorists want.
I agree with you on spectacle and theatre, though. I hadn't thought of it before, but Aristotle's "Poetics" is surprisingly apropos in understanding the situation. Or see "Computers as Theatre".
I fear the latter self is right.
No, the immediate point of terrorism is to cause terror. The point of the terror is to create a message. Or more specifically, the point of the terror is to create a state of mind in which certain messages will be interpreted in certain intended ways.
3) "We" ... speak for yourself, see 1 and also
This article is crap (sorry). It TOTALLY misses what "terrorists want". Terrorism is NOT the goal and never was. Randomly killing people, or randomly terrorizing people is not the agenda. It serves no purpose, acheives no objective and accomplishes no goal. These are definitely NOT tactics used by true terrorists.
If there is a way to profit from something, it will be done.
I had written it off as an isolated incident which was Hollywood-ised. These recent (say, since 9/11) changes in policy and law have brought back memories. Especially because they didn't even bother to come up with a new name for the same disproportionally empowering law. Even if I give politicians that use terrorism as an argument the absolute benefit of the slightest doubt (i.e. I don't accuse them of specifically causing fear, or stimulating it) I still conclude they use it to find fall-guys. I'm just hoping they're not about to steal 30 years from innocent people again.
We do not seem to learn from history.
Palestinian suicide bombers are not seeking to engage in terrorism to simply terrorize people - they are seeking to bring a stop the occupation and oppression of Palestine.