When everyone was emoting about the Paris massacres last week, I am afraid I did not join in. This is war, after all: what do people expect? When you have a war and one side is militarily weak, it tends to use terror as a weapon, because it’s the only way to show it is not weak, not really, but strong!
We in the West are rather irritated by the War on Terror, or whatever it gets to be called this week. We like to think that the questions of the modern age — democracy and tolerance and cities and trusting the stranger on the other side of the world to deal faithfully in market transactions — have been decided in our favor.