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2013 Boston Terror's 19th-Century Roots

Oilpatch Mercenary Wrote: Apr 18, 2013 3:52 AM
Everything that enhances and is necessary for species survival can be misused-----and will be. Eternal vigilance is not only the price of liberty----it is the price of life.
I have no idea who committed the terror attack in Boston and for what onerous reason. However, I do know that the technological and political dynamics extant in this week's massacre afflicted the late 19th century and that for some 140 years, the world has yet to balance the benefits and threats of mobility and miniaturization.

European anarchists in the late 19th century relied on three technologies to commit and then transform human massacre into international political terrorism: the railroad, improved explosives and the telegraph.

Railroads permitted rapid city-to-city travel. Mobile terrorists could scout and then strike soft targets of iconic significance. Improved...