The Struggle to Harden Soft Targets

MIN READJun 16, 2016 | 08:00 GMT

Israeli police investigate at a popular Tel Aviv cafe after two men opened fire there on June 8, killing four people. Similar terrorist attacks on soft targets have become the new normal.

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Two men dressed in suits and ties walked into the Max Brenner cafe on June 8 in Tel Aviv's upscale Sarona market, sat down and ordered dessert. A few minutes later, they stood up and opened fire on other patrons of the cafe, killing four and wounding another seven before one of the men's homemade submachine guns malfunctioned. Four days later, early on the morning of June 12, a gunman forced his way into the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, armed with a rifle and a pistol, killing 49 people and wounding another 53. On June 13, an attacker stabbed a police captain to death outside his home in a Paris suburb before taking his partner, whom the assailant later killed, and their 3-year-old son hostage. Broadcasting his crime on Facebook, the attacker declared his allegiance to the Islamic State and noted that he was responding to a call from...

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