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Thu Mar 24, 2016, 07:41 AM

Think like the enemy: The scariest thing about Brussels (Simon Jenkins, the Guardian)

Think like the enemy. Let’s suppose I am an Islamic State terrorist. I don’t do bombs or bullets. I leave the dirty work to the crazies in the basement. My job is what happens next. It is to turn carnage into consequences, body parts into politics. I am a consultant terrorist. I wear a suit, not explosives. A blood-stained concourse is a means to an end. The end is power.

This week I had another success. I converted a squalid psychopathological act into a warrior-evoking, population-terrifying, policy-changing event. I sent a continent into shock. Famous politicians dropped everything to shower me with cliches. Crowned heads deluged me with glorious odium.

I measure my success in column inches and television hours, in ballooning security budgets, butchered liberties, amended laws and – my ultimate goal – Muslim persecuted and recruited to our cause. I deal not in actions but in reactions. I am a manipulator of politics. I work through the idiocies of my supposed enemies...

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/mar/24/scariest-brussels-reactoin-paranoid-politicians-isis-atrocity-belgium

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Thu Mar 24, 2016, 08:49 AM

1. Hey, somebody who actually understands terrorism!

He needs to be fired at once, or we may learn something.

-- Mal

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Thu Mar 24, 2016, 09:56 AM

2. I'm afraid they all think like the political hack. nt

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