I’ve been wanting to post on the situation in Australia, but then I found this post by Hayden Trenholm. I think he’s said it well enough for both of us.
On Facebook the other day, someone suggested it was time to get serious about terrorism. I’m not sure what exactly they want us to do. More air strikes in Iraq? Greater powers for the police to randomly (it sometimes seems) harass and spy on and arrest people who might, maybe, be somehow connected to terror? Or not.
Or we could do what Australia did. Respond to the act of a lone-wolf whatever (this guy seems to be a combination of radicalized religious fanatic, madman and regular thug) with appropriate use of police power and carry on as a civilized society.
Once the hostage taking began, the police arrived in force and began to — negotiate. For a long time they prevented any deaths. Maybe they were making progress, maybe they were trying to exhaust him. It is still uncertain why that broke down but it may have happened when…
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