One of the best pieces I’ve seen in recent days on the new normal in the wake of the foiled liquid bomb plot in London is this scary and thought-provoking article in Slate by William Saletan, who points out that we now live in a liquid world where lines vanish: "Nothing is solid for sure anymore, not even bombs. Between terrorist cells, there are often no threads. No dismantling is final."
Facing bombs that are growing almost impossible to detect, and terrorists who are sophisticated and adaptable, the Western world will have to expect a certain level of casualties — a perfect defense isn’t available.
And we must adapt: "In a liquid world, you can’t seal off evil. All you can do is fight liquid with liquid. You have to absorb the tragedy, flowing around and through it. You need the strength of a river, not a rock. You need resilience. You can’t be untouchable, but you can be undefeated."
Posted by Randy Scholfield
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