The way we talk about terror attacks is actually helping the extremists’ cause

While the magnitude of the attack on people enjoying a Saturday evening out in London on June 3 was not on the same scale as the carnage wrought on Manchester the previous month, terrorism and fear of terrorism is not just about the body count.

If what scared the public and motivated politicians most was simply an actuarial risk-assessment exercise, we would be far more afraid of road accidents—or domestic violence, which 432 people (mostly women) lost their lives to in the UK between

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