A World Numbed to Mass Murder

“Terrorists want a lot of people watching, not a lot of people dead.” So said terrorism analyst Brian Jenkins in 1975. It was a reasonable judgment for that time. The Munich Olympics massacre in 1972, which captivated world attention, resulted in the deaths of 11 Israelis and one West German policeman. The Ma’alot massacre in 1974 killed 31 Israelis. The Rome and Vienna airport attacks in 1985 killed 23 people.

All of these attacks were evil enough, but they seem positively restrained by present-day standards. Just think of some of the atrocities the world has witnessed in the past year…