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Westminster attacks: A patient response will save lives

Exaggerating the danger is a mistake—for three reasons

By Richard English  

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There is an entirely understandable pattern of public and political reaction to atrocities such as this week’s Westminster attack. The merciless nature of the violence, the terrible suffering of the victims, the jolting shock of such an unpredictable assault—all of these elements provoke an instinct towards reading the threat of such acts as being a high-level one.

But exaggerating the danger involved in such terrorism is in fact a profound and dangerous mistake, for three main reasons.

First, it tends not to be terrorism which…

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