Michael Tabman

New Weapon Against Terrorism?

In Crime and Security, Uncategorized on July 20, 2011 at 12:32 pm

This blog is based upon the following article: Terrorism

Abdulhakim Muhammad was not happy that he was going on trial for capital murder.  He did not deny the charge.  He confessed to killing one soldier and wounding another when he opened fire on an Army recruiting station.  The State of Arkansas, not the federal government will try him.

What was Muhammad’s complaint?  Muhammad has stated that, “This case should be in federal or military court.”  Apparently, Muhammad fancies himself as a terrorist who has attacked the United States.  He wants the pomp and ceremony that our system seems to bestow upon actual, aspiring and ne’er-do-well terrorists.  With the “terrorist” label, they become the center of attention, have a forum for their anti-America rhetoric and, at least in their own eyes, become idols of those who want to be like them.  Muhammad’s perspective is not without some merit.  We play into it.

Even the most inept attempts at a terrorist attack become media darlings, for at least a short time.  The life and times of an otherwise unknown individual becomes the subject of profilers end terrorism experts.  Their methods – or attempted methods – set in motion a new array of intrusive law enforcement tactics.  The politics of fear consume us.

We are keenly aware that Osama Bin Laden thrived on his media exposure.  The Unabomber Ted Kaczynski lived in isolation, which probably helped him avoid detection for so long.  But, he too needed attention and recognition.  He mailed his “manifesto” to several newspapers demanding publication.  Ultimately, and perhaps ironically, it was the publication of his manifesto that led to his arrest.

But, what if we did not give each terrorist act so much attention, almost to the point of admiration?  What if we did not analyze them, their lives and their beliefs?  What if we did not promulgate fear and begin flexing more governmental muscle.  What if we kept doing what we should be doing – investigating, stopping and arresting terrorist, but quietly.  No big press conferences, no media spotlight on the terrorists, no discussion of what drove them to this point.

What if we just ignored them, what they did and what they stood for?   Maybe wannabe terrorists such as Abdulhakim Muhammad would not find terrorism so alluring.  Is it worth a try?









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