Andrew Coyne: We can’t stop every terror attack, so let’s brace ourselves and adapt

October 23, 2014 2:22 AM

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Since September 11, 2001, authorities across the West have been bracing themselves for the second act, the big kill, the spectacular slaughter of hundreds or even thousands at a time. And though many attempts have been made, they have by and large been successfully intercepted. The worst terrorist attack on Western soil since then was the London Transport bombings of 2005, which killed 56.

That threat remains. But in the interim it has been joined by a new threat. Not the macro-terrorism of our worst nightmares, carefully staged bits of Grand Guignol involving hijacked planes or dirty bombs or what have you — the kind that require money and planning and the coordinated movements of a ...

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