Up to now, terror incidents in the United States have been relatively rare. The reason, I believe, is that when there is an Oklahoma City or an Atlanta Olympics or now, tragically, a Boston, Americans act with revulsion. Terrorists — domestic and foreign — are regarded as the fiends that they are, and not the heroes they envision themselves to be.
Sadly, there will be more Bostons. Surely, we must hunt down and punish the guilty. But the most effective thing we can do to discourage attacks is to continue to give voice to our outrage after every insane act of senseless violence.
We need to show that whatever message those terrorist vermin are trying to send, we’re not listening, and if they think they’re scaring us, they’re wrong.
They’re just making us angry.
Sam Pollak is the editor of The Daily Star. He can be reached at email@example.com or at (607) 432-1000, ext. 208. His columns can be found at www.thedailystar.com/sampollak.