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When We Shelter In Place, Do Terrorists Win?

Last week’s drama in Boston and Cambridge -- the late Thursday shootout  with two terrorism suspects firing automatic weapons and hurling grenade, then the manhunt for the wounded survivor that paralyzed the entire area -- ended in a success for law enforcement and for this gritty town’s resilient defiance.
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This past year and a half has had several shut-in days, or better parts of a day - there was Hurricane Irene, then Hurricane Sandy, then snowstorm Nemo. Sometimes staying inside is more optional than other times. Buy it bears remembering: this wasn't the first time the streets were empty.

I appreciate your thoughtful comments. Thank you. I hesitate to add my uninformed opinion. But mine comes from somebody who spent much of my life in the South. Many of my social media acquaintances are still in the Deep South. It appears from their comments that they all are armed to the teeth and itching to do battle. Having such an attack in Boston is one thing. If it happened in Jackson, MS, you could well have groups if folks out shooting anybody they find scary. They find a lot of people scary. Best to keep them out of the way of professionals, I think.

I think New York might have responded differently than a lockdown. In fact, there are parts of New York the suspect would have been wise to avoid -- I'm sure they wouldn't have waited for the professional law enforcers to arrive. Cheers, Keith

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After Boston Attack, Wake Up to the "New Normal"

The brutal, senseless bomb attack on the Boston Marathon – turning a glorious spring day of celebration into a bloody scene of death and injury – serves as another reminder, as if any were needed, that terrorism is now our “new normal.”  And although since 9/11 we’ve been comparatively lucky and increasingly sophisticated at intercepting plots and plotters, terror is now a feature of our country that’s here to stay.

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Britain's Divisive Iron Lady

Reading over the many tributes to the late former British prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, I recall my own year living in London, 1983-84, during the peak of the bloody miners’ strike and the social turmoil that Thatcher’s brand of conservatism unleashed.

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I agree with most of your observations, but I think your conclusion gives her far too much credit in terms of her long-term impact on places beyond the UK. Her global repute is more a function of the worldwide reach of the British media, than any lasting impact. The Beeb even gave voice to the idea that somehow she played a role in the demise of the Soviet Union, quoting that charlatan Vaclav Klaus to the effect that her push back against socialism gave people like him courage. Hogwash. The Soviet empire collapsed under its own weight, brought down by its economic inanity and by the truly courageous resistance of thousands of dissidents throughout the Bloc, most of whom were themselves socialists

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China Rising the topic at Harvard IOP Forum

Wednesday night, April 3, at the Harvard Kennedy School’s JFK Jr Forum, we had a lively discussion about China, with former U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman, former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, and me as moderator.  The huge turnout – the event was ticketed and held before a capacity crowd – attests to the intense interest these days in almost everything related to China. Read more about China Rising the topic at Harvard IOP Forum

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China's Critical Importance

For Harvard's Institute of Politics, I co-authored a piece with former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, who will be at the IOP as a visiting Fellow this week and attending my China Study Group Wed. April 3.

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This is Keith. I welcome any and all comments. Cheers.

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