Groklaw shutting down, again
Posted Aug 21, 2013 21:42 UTC (Wed) by khim
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Bin Laden provided the shocking act of violence, in attempt to cause political change, but the elected representatives and appointed officials are culpable and responsible for the outsized and destructive nature of their response.
My point is that Bin Laden's act was not 100 times worse then other acts which happened before. Take a look on the list: Bin Laden's is #1, sure, but there are dozens of acts with number of deaths measured in hundreds. They all are huge tragedy when compared with "normal" accidents, but they all are not even remotely comparable with what happens in "real" war (where death toll is measure in millions, not in hundreds or thousands).
Bin Laden's actions flipped that switch.
Sorry, but there were dozens of sacts with similar death toll. Yet they all didn't trigger that switch. If the reaction was over the top then it's caused by something else then just the size of the act.
The elected representatives and appointed officials are culpable and responsible for the outsized and destructive nature of their response.
Right - but this raises the question: what's different this time? Why 4x larger act causes 1000x larger response? Terrorism is not an invention of XXI century, you know. The first bill was introduced just two days after the act. Two days! Joint proposal of Republican and Democratic senators. Imagine that. It's as if all these elected representatives and appointed officials waited for the opportunity to change the status quo. Was that all Bin Laden's doing? I doubt it.
Such changes don't happen when people in charge are not ready to instill them. How exactly Bin Laden prompted the we don't think outsiders should be here, and we won't talk unless they leave the room reaction?
Perhaps Bin Laden's act triggered the change, but it was not the cause of change. It's as crazy as the claim that Gavrilo Princip caused the first World War. No. It may be the trigger, but it's not the cause. Cause lies deeper, much deeper.
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