Sunday, December 25, 2016

Attacks like Berlin are horrifying precisely because they are so rare

Attacks like Berlin are horrifying precisely because they are so rare

Boris Starling, CapX
   Terrorist targets used to be predictable: military installations, government buildings, transport termini. Next came the tourist destinations: Bali, Sharm-el-Sheikh, Tunisia. Then the ostensibly random urban attacks. With each iteration came the shrinking of what we might call "safe space". Yet amid the horror, we should remember that such attacks capture our attention precisely because they are so unusual.