Originally posted by KazetNagorra
On the list of "threats to the nation" of any western nation, "terrorism" probably doesn't make it to the top 100.
The direct loss of life due to terrorist acts, maybe, but terrorism has enabled governments to start several wars, limit freedom of speech, obtain far reaching powers to torture, spy, hold without warrant etc. Terrorism is a threat to democracy, but the danger comes from the governments, not the terrorists.
Terrorism is about causing fear. The idea is then to use that fear to your advantage. However if everyone knows you caused the fear, its not that easy to take advantage. If, however, you didn't cause it, you can take advantage.