Terrorists a lethal nuisance, not an existential threat

Amid a Western media frenzy after attacks in Brussels, we must cut the problem down to size.

Flickr photo: Les Sachs
The Belgian flag next to a stone angel at Martyrs' Square in Brussels, Belgium, pictured here in 2009.
Gwynne Dyer
Published: Wednesday, 03/30/2016 12:00 am EDT

Belgium may be a boring country, but it still seems extreme for a Belgian politician to say that the country is now living through its darkest days since the end of the Second World War. Can any country really be so lucky that the worst thing that has happened to it in the past 70 years is a couple of bombs that killed 34 people?

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