A very enlightening read indeed: Perilocity: Terrorism as Theater
"Security theater is not real security, but terrorism is theater. "
"The real targets of terrorism are the rest of us: the billions of us who are not killed but are terrorized because of the killing. The real point of terrorism is not the act itself, but our reaction to the act. "
"Also don't forget that a determined suicide terrorist isn't going to be stopped by all the security at airports: one of the British plotters was an airport employee with an all-areas pass. "
"And don't forget that even if they had actually succeeded in blowing up a dozen airliners over the Atlantic, air travel would still be safer than driving!"