Bruce Schneier is a very smart man. He is one of the people who wrote some of the basic security features of the internet. These days, he is an expert on security and security related technology. He had an interesting blog post yesterday. It says in part:
I'd like everyone to take a deep breath and listen for a minute.
The point of terrorism is to cause terror, sometimes to further a political goal and sometimes out of sheer hatred. The people terrorists kill are not the targets; they are collateral damage. And blowing up planes, trains, markets or buses is not the goal; those are just tactics. 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.
The entire post can be found here.