How to Prevent Terrorism: Stop Building Shopping Malls

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Top Tier Gear USA

As our benevolent government scrambles to stop gun violence by passing new and restrictive laws on the domestic and international front, Simon Jenkins of The Guardian steps in with his own recommendations.

If we’re going to take ridiculous steps and sensationalize every shooting incident, no matter where on earth it happens, then why not ban all the venues that make terrorism possible? If people can’t gather in large groups, then terrorists won’t be able to create mass casualty events!

And while we’re at it, thousands of people each year are killed in vehicular accidents, by knife attacks and cancer borne from the consumption of processed foods.

If we’re going to ban guns, why not malls, cars, knives and food too?

There is nothing anyone can do to prevent suicide bombers hitting civilian populations. The slaughter of Christians in Peshawar this weekend showed that wherever crowds gather they are vulnerable to any group with a brainwashed youth and a bomb. It might be sensible to discourage like-minded crowds from gathering in one place, be they co-religionists or party faithful or merely the wealthy.

The modern urban obsession with celebrity buildings and high-profile events offers too many publicity-rich targets. A World Trade Centre, a Mumbai hotel, a Boston marathon, a Nairobi shopping mall are all enticing to extremists. Defending them is near impossible. Better at least not to create them. A shopping mall not only wipes out shopping streets, it makes a perfect terrorist fortress, near impossible to assault.

There is no defence against the terror weapons of guns and grenades. Nor in any society, free or repressive, is there defence against fanaticism unto death in pursuit of a cause, however madcap and hopeless. Every city needs competent police and alert intelligence – that is not diverted into the reckless surveillance of all and sundry.

The best defence is a sense of proportion. The “war on terror” has failed on its own terms. It had made dozens of countries not pacified but terrified.

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  • Ken, your UK friend

    Can I share one further thing please? Just this one LOL. I once went through a stupendously bad patch but what got me through was a friend on the streets, well known as a Moral Leader yet no less an alcoholic loser than every other ‘bum’ but sometimes you latch onto an older, wiser man who takes you under his wing and you experience a steep learning curve LOL.
    This man Mr A had an instinctive uneasiness of crowds. Football, loved Glasgow Celtic but watching the match on TV was far preferred. He also disliked noisy music venues. His favourite musician was Daniel O’Donnell and most of Daniel’s promotional pics featured him in rural settings in his homeland Donegal, North West Ireland. Mr A was also was as suspicious of Police as this website LOL.
    Mr A if you are still alive you were drawn to this online post and you recognise yourself. The barbeque wherever we could enjoy one is remembered to this day my friend. Any minor arguments were policed by ourselves, yes?
    The DS’ point about crowds is regrettably a valid one.
    So help me God.

  • AKCoyote

    Rather than restrict public places, what we need is BOMB control. If we simply ban BOMBS for everyone who doesn’t need them, there will be no more mass killings. Oh wait………..they’re already illegal. Never mind.

  • Derek the Donkey

    Why do Muslims like following a prescribed method of slaughter?
    They do it just for the Halal of it and they honestly can’t see any Haram in it.