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Terrorism The use of coercive intimidation to achieve political goals - is now a part of our everyday lives we live with it we are confronted by its manifestations on all of the media and if we are unlucky we even experience it And yet despite our natural horror it increases The problem of terrorism is not going to disappear and the issues that it raises will increasingly dominate our thinking about our society Surprise when it happens to a government is likely to be a complicated diffuse bureaucratic thing It includes neglect of responsibility but also responsibility so poorly defined or so ambiguously delegated that action gets lost It includes gaps in intelligence but also intelligence that like a string of pearls too precious to wear is too sensitive to give to those who need it It includes the alarm that fails to work but also the alarm that has gone off so often it has been disconnected It includes the unalert watchman but also the one who knows hell be chewed out by his superior if he gets higher authority out of bed It includes the contingencies that occur to no one but also those that everyone assumes somebody else is taking care of It includes straightforward procrastination but also decisions protracted by internal disagreement It includes in addition the inability of individual human beings to rise to the occasion until they are sure it is the occasion-- which is usually too late Unlike movies real life provides no musical background to tip us off to the climax Finally as at Pearl Harbor surprise may include some measure of genuine novelty introduced by the enemy and possibly some sheer bad luck The results at Pearl Harbor were sudden concentrated and dramatic The failure however was cumulative widespread and rather drearily familiar This is why surprise when it happens to a government cannot be described just in terms of startled people Whether
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