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The Terrorism Era


From my most recent NRO article, on the Boston bombing: “The new danger that the Boston incident may presage is the arrival of the copycat amateur. . . . This sort of deranged criminal is not well-organized and often has no organization at all, and so is less of a threat to civilization than a terrorist network is. But having no network and not being in any conspiracy, this kind of enemy is much harder to detect in advance, infiltrate, and prevent from committing outrages. The copycat can make up in numbers and unobtrusiveness what he lacks in professionalism and the death-defying fervor of the serious terrorist.”

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