It is ironic but the local people up here take 9-11 more seriously then alot of NYC residents. Not a day goes by where I am not asked asbout 9-11 or WTC 93. The people are supportive of NYC even if they don't like my NY Yankees.
Yet I try and explain that Vermont has little or nothing to target. The people here are just spread out too much. Terrorism is sadly a PR game and there are almost no places where they can get a bang for their buck.
I do not think that we understand that the media coverage given to the terrorists themselves feeds this war. Of course we have to report 9-11 and 7-7 but can we do so without feeding the beast. There is a pathological narcicistic undertone that is almost as important as the religious aspects. Suicide bombings is a peverse realization of Andy Warhols fifteen minutes of celebrity.
The question is how can we balance the need for news without feeding the mental illnesses of the terrorists. Terrorism without big PR can not sustain itself. I am not a fan of controlled press so that is not an option.
The idea of the largely leftist press using restraint is not an option either.