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Nemmerle Forum Moderator

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#21 8 years ago

Obankobi;5589467o.O Wat

There was a "suspicious" package, not a phoned in threat, and only one.

I mean people overreact to all this stuff. Which makes them far more vulnerable to terrorism than they would otherwise have been. There are credible threats - like when the IRA issued their warnings and then blew somewhere up - and there are things where you should just take a chill pill and ignore it.

Seriously, we're getting to the point where all you'd need to close a motorway, or a library or something like that would be an empty bag. Someone closed the main road in a city I used to live in by simple expedient of dumping a bag there. You can even do it and then claim you did it by mistake, by accidentally leaving your bag there. It's stupid.

And the fear gets used so much in politics that it's far more harmful to freedom than the terrorism would ever have been.

It's just, hysteria - systematic hysteria. Grow the fuck up, people.




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#22 8 years ago

Nemmerle;5589688I mean people overreact to all this stuff. Which makes them far more vulnerable to terrorism than they would otherwise have been. There are credible threats - like when the IRA issued their warnings and then blew somewhere up - and there are things where you should just take a chill pill and ignore it.

Seriously, we're getting to the point where all you'd need to close a motorway, or a library or something like that would be an empty bag. Someone closed the main road in a city I used to live in by simple expedient of dumping a bag there. You can even do it and then claim you did it by mistake, by accidentally leaving your bag there. It's stupid.

And the fear gets used so much in politics that it's far more harmful to freedom than the terrorism would ever have been.

It's just, hysteria - systematic hysteria. Grow the fuck up, people.

:agreed

A couple of years ago someone phoned in bomb threats to major German airports. Some of the airports didn't react, but one closed down for a day. Lots of cancelled flights, a nearby autobahn was closed as well and hundreds of people were stuck at the airport. Turns out that some girl had troubles with her boyfriend and didn't want to go to vacation with him, so she figured the best way to solve this enormous problem was to simply create so much public fear that she would have a valid excuse for not going.

She was caught though and eventually admitted. She got 2 years jail and a 200k€ fine. She caused damaged in execess of 1 million €.




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#23 8 years ago

And the one time it's actually is a bomb, people die. It's far better to be safe than exploded.

EDIT: I feel I should reiterate, for Nem's sake, that it wasn't a phoned in threat. It was what appeared to be, to whoever discovered it, the police, and the bomb squad, a rather large pipe bomb. It wasn't "oh, maybe there's a bomb". More like "oh shit, that could be a bomb, because it certainly looks like one".

You are right about people being paranoid though, in general. Terrorism has claimed something like 3,000 lives since 1933. It's no where near as big a deal as people make it out to be.




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#24 8 years ago
Nemmerle;5589688I mean people overreact to all this stuff. Which makes them far more vulnerable to terrorism than they would otherwise have been. There are credible threats - like when the IRA issued their warnings and then blew somewhere up - and there are things where you should just take a chill pill and ignore it.

I wish the IRA would do another bomb attack, everytime we just end up rebuilding it with better stuff. lol jk.