This is the effect of terror, and this is just what the terrorists want that effect to be. It ties up their enemies’ time and money, and it strikes fear in their hearts, in accordance with the Qur’an: “Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies, of Allah and your enemies, and others besides, whom ye may not know, but whom Allah doth know. Whatever ye shall spend in the cause of Allah, shall be repaid unto you, and ye shall not be treated unjustly” (8:60).
Of course, from the infidels’ standpoint all anti-terror measures must be undertaken. But they should be accompanied by a strength of will that realizes that it is precisely fear and the loss of the will to resist that the jihadists are ultimately hoping to bring about.
From The Australian, with thanks to JE:
NEW YORK reinforced security on the city’s vast public transit network in response to deadly bomb attacks on commuter trains in India’s financial capital Mumbai, as US officials condemned the “horrific” blasts.
“We are stepping up security throughout,” a police spokesman said.
Day duty officers will be held over to provide extra personnel during the evening rush hour, while the frequency of random bag searches on the subway will be expanded, the spokesman said.
The bag searches were introduced last year in the wake of the July 7 bombings on the London transport system.
In Washington, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice condemned the blasts, which ripped through rush-hour trains in Mumbai, as “horrific.”…
She said the United States had “great sympathy” for the families of those killed and vowed: “We will stand with India on the war on terror.”…
Good. I hope so.