Threats constantly change, yet our political discourse suggests that our vulnerabilities are simply for lack of resources, commitment or competence. Sometimes, that is true. But mostly we are vulnerable because we choose to be; because we've accepted, at least implicitly, that some risk is tolerable. A state that could stop every suicide bomber wouldn't be a free or, let's face it, fun one.
We will simply never get to maximum defensive posture. Regardless of political affiliation, Americans wouldn't tolerate the delay or intrusion of an urban mass-transit system that required bag checks and pat-downs. After the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, many wondered how to make the race safe the next year. A heavier police presence helps, but the only truly safe way to host a marathon is to not have one at all. The risks we tolerate, then, are not necessarily bad bargains simply because an enemy can exploit them.
No matter what promises are made on the campaign trail, terrorism will never be vanquished. There is no ideology, no surveillance, no wall that will definitely stop some 24-year-old from becoming radicalized on the Web, gaining access to guns and shooting a soft target. When we don't admit this to ourselves, we often swing between the extremes of putting our heads in the sand or losing them entirely.
This (lowercase (translateProductType product.productType)) has been cited by the following publications. This list is generated based on data provided by CrossRef.
López, Esteban and Retamero, Félix 2017. Segregated Fields. Castilian and Morisco Peasants in Moclón (Málaga, Spain, Sixteenth Century). International Journal of Historical Archaeology, Vol. 21, Issue. 3, p. 623.
Barletta, Vincent 2016. Closeness before the law: purity, prayer, and al-Tulaytulī’sMukhtasar. Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, Vol. 17, Issue. 3, p. 271.
Ortego Rico, Pablo 2015. Elites y conflictividad en el seno de las aljamas mudéjares castellanas a fines de la Edad Media: exención tributaria y redes clientelares. Hispania, Vol. 75, Issue. 250, p. 505.
Smith, Daniel J. 2014. Heterogeneity and exchange: Safe-conducts in Medieval Spain. The Review of Austrian Economics, Vol. 27, Issue. 2, p. 183.
Almond, Ian 2014. Five ways of deconstructing Europe. Journal of European Studies, Vol. 44, Issue. 1, p. 50.
Catlos, Brian A. 2014. A Companion to Mediterranean History. p. 359.
Clancy-Smith, Julia 2013. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration.
Maser, Matthias 2013. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration.
Cucarella, >Diego Sarrió 2012. Corresponding across Religious Borders: Al-Bājī’s Response to a Missionary Letter from France. Medieval Encounters, Vol. 18, Issue. 1, p. 1.
Clancy-Smith, Julia 2012. INTRODUCTION. International Journal of Middle East Studies, Vol. 44, Issue. 04, p. 625.
Soifer, Maya 2009. Beyondconvivencia: critical reflections on the historiography of interfaith relations in Christian Spain. Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies, Vol. 1, Issue. 1, p. 19.
Wolf, Anne Marie 2008. In the Light of Medieval Spain. p. 33.