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Gene Weingarten goes on a terrorism field trip

posted by Jason Kottke   Aug 22, 2004

Gene Weingarten goes on a terrorism field trip. Rides a Jerusalem bus, the Madrid train, and an oft-canceled Britsh Airways flight.

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PeterAug 22, 2004 at 8:25PM

I think that “denial” ends when terrorism becomes personal. Would you keep on riding those buses in Jerusalem or those trains in Madrid if a relative dies? How long would it take before you get back on a plane after a loved one gets blown up in it? The issue here then isn’t perhaps denial but acceptance. Israelites seem to feel that terrorism is commonplace and that they could die at any time and wouldn’t this mean that they have accepted the possibility of death instead of denied it?

nickAug 22, 2004 at 9:26PM

I don’t think it’s so much an issue of denial. Obviously if someone close was affected by an act of terrorism, your outlook would be somewhat different. . But I think the point here is the propagation of fear in relation to the reality of the threat.

I think it’s refreshing to hear someone go out an prove the other side of the story for a change. There has been without doubt a very single sided “reality” portrayed by the various “news” corporations.

This thread is closed to new comments. Thanks to everyone who responded.