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Reaching Out To Young Men

25 Apr

Boston Deals With Aftermath Of Marathon ExplosionsThe scary part in Dan Drezner’s post about the manhunt for the Tsarnaev brothers is this: “The reason the capture of Tsarnaev felt so good is that it provided a sense of closure.”. What about stopping terrorists? Being safe?

In the span of four days, there was a bombing, an identification, a shootout that left one of the bombers dead and a capture of the other one. Game over. That’s feels like victory.

Now, that’s obviously a simplification and an exaggeration. There’s still the fifty-eight victims in critical condition in Boston-area hospitals. There’s still the question of how the judicial system will cope with Tsarnaev. There’s still the unanswered question of why they wanted to do it. And there’s still the public policy issues that will be touched by the past week’s events.

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Copycats In Daegu

24 Apr

Anti-American IdiotsScott Atran might be right: “When we devote such massive societal attention to a few homegrown terrorists, we may not ultimately be doing ourselves any favors.” And, of all places, in Daegu, South Korea, Boston P.D.’s decision to crowd-source its investigations, to apprehend the Tsarnaev brothers might have inspired two losers, to set a bomb in a cram school.

At 7:07 a.m. yesterday, an explosion went off on the third floor of a nine-story building in Suseong District, Daegu, starting a fire. Two arsonists had gotten access to the floor and hurled glass bottles filled with flammable liquids.

A janitor alerted local police, who dispatched officers to the scene. They suspected terrorists because the target of the attack was the American Cultural Center, located on the third floor of the building.

The intention was indeed to strike against America. Unfortunately for the terrorists, they ended up torching a private, Korean-owned English academy.

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