In Salon News flash: Deadly terrorism existed before 9/11 by Patrick Smith Not really news to much of the world but those safe between two shining seas might note, Americans were once less prone to hysteria when faced with modest threats. Some posh boy sets his arse on fire on a plane and its treated almost like the sinking of the fecking Lusitania. What has changed? 9-11 showed not very capable terrorists with crazy schemes to massacre can get lucky. A far less sober MSM. However that was the tail end of the Cold War, perhaps an off chance of a random nuclear war starting gave us a sense of perspective. A credible enemy like the USSR made the sting of terrorist flea bites brief. Just drop a few bombs on Libya and get on with it. Now the nebulous forces of Islamofascism is puffed up to fill the scary space that the Soviet Union once did. It's not just the endless enhancements to the security kabuki in airports, body scanner boondoggles etc. After a few more failed attacks 21st century DC could all too easily take AQ's bait get drawn into expensively invading a nasty bit of topography like Yemen almost certainly to no good affect.