How Do Terrorists Measure Success?

Sep 22, 2017 | 09:00 GMT
The 2004 terrorist bombings in Madrid led to Spain's withdrawal from the Iraq War.

Rescue workers search a commuter train on March 11, 2004, after it was devastated by multiple bomb blasts during the morning rush hour in Madrid, Spain.

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Like natural disasters, terrorist attacks have the potential to shape human history if they happen at the right time and at the right place. But even then, both are more likely to leave their mark by shaping larger trends than by causing radical shifts by themselves. Unlike natural disasters, the humans who orchestrate terrorist attacks have the ability to choose the time and place and oftentimes to exploit the fault lines that can accelerate trends. ...

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