The night after the ‘liquid bombings’ of UK airports, we were looking to find a guest to join us on Talk 107 in Edinburgh, and I managed to get security expert and cryptologist Bruce Schneier to call in from the US. He’s spoken in the aftermath of the Boston marathon bombing, and is as sensible now as he was then.
As the details about the bombings in Boston unfold, it’d be easy to be scared. It’d be easy to feel powerless and demand that our elected leaders do something — anything — to keep us safe. It’d be easy, but it’d be wrong. We need to be angry and empathize with the victims without being scared. Our fears would play right into the perpetrators’ hands — and magnify the power of their victory for whichever goals whatever group behind this, still to be uncovered, has. We don’t have to be scared, and we’re not powerless. We actually have all the power here, and there’s one thing we can do to render terrorism ineffective: Refuse to be terrorized.