Friday's HOT MIC
"The Terrorist Attack That Failed to Terrify" is the headline of a New York Times op-ed by Ben Judah, letting everyone know what a big bad, badass he is because HE WASN'T SCARED BY THE LONDON TUBE BOMB!
Friday morning in London a terrorist failed. There were flames but no deadly blast at the Parsons Green Station on the London Underground subway system in this, the fourth terrorist attack in London and the fifth in Britain this year. Not only did the as-yet-unidentified terrorist fail because he bungled his bomb-making, he failed because he failed to terrify.
Yes, there were the jumbled tweets about a fire and stampedes. Then, the report of a “major incident” in which more than a score of people had been hospitalized. Eventually even, a claim of responsibility by the Islamic State. But very quickly, it all felt routine.
Here we go again: the politicians talking of London’s strength and the indomitable spirit of the Blitz — forever part of “our finest hour” when Britons were unbowed even as the Luftwaffe’s bombs rained at night. This was followed, yet again, by a brief Twitter cameo from Donald Trump, before he turned to attacking the American sports network ESPN.
Walking around Britain’s third-busiest train station, Liverpool Street, I found that the politicians had it all wrong. If the terrorist attack at Parsons Green had resulted in more than injuries, perhaps there would have been both fear here and its antidote, resilience. But I found no Blitz spirit at the station, which served as a shelter for thousands of East Enders during the air raids of World War II.
Not a single person I spoke to was standing strong against terrorism. They didn’t need to. Because they weren’t scared.
Judah is a super putz. And he's lucky no one punched him in the face when he asked if they were "scared." The people of London are not going to let on to a total stranger that they will be thinking about the terror attack the next time they take the tube.
Liberals ascribe any anti-terror policies to "fear." They claim that the beheaders don't scare them. They are brave. Those who want to do something about terrorism are fearful cowards.
It is not a question of "fear." But I will bet you dollars to donuts that when riders board the train for their morning commute, they are going to check the seats for unattended packages. That is the point of terrorism, Mr. Judah. It alters our consciousness. And while we might not be outwardly fearful, the assumptions upon which we base our safe, comfortable lives are just a little bit rattled every time a terrorist strikes.