Local Expert Weighs in on Terror Attacks

By: Althea Paul
By: Althea Paul

July 21, 2005

The second terror attack in London has some wondering how this could have happened again, and how it could possibly effect the U.S. A local UVa law professor tackled some of those questions.

The scene was frighteningly similar to two weeks ago when 57 people died in London. It leaves some wondering how, with heightened security, two terror attacks could happen in such a short space of time.

According to experts, no matter what measures are taken, happen they will.

"Modern democracies are not going to make themselves bulletproof to this type of attack, particularly when you're dealing with an adversary who is willing to, a terrorist who is willing to lose his own life in the process," said UVa law professor, Robert Turner.

While the bombs seem to be smaller than the ones used previously, the terrorists were still trying to send a signal.

"I think the purpose for it was to change British policy, but they hope to do that by frightening people," Turner said.

While some say Thursday's blasts were more about instilling fear than before, Turner believes that it is always about doing just that. However this time, the terrorists may have achieved the same scare level, even without the bodies.

"Having already killed a number of people through one series of attacks, just demonstrating they can still blow up things may well have almost enough effects if they killed a lot more people, and again we don't know if it's the same people," he said.

While the London attacks do not automatically mean the US is the next terror target, it also doesn't suggest that we're untouchable.

"I don't think the attacks in great Britain make us any more vulnerable, or suggest we're any more vulnerable, but the reality is we were just as vulnerable as they are two weeks ago," said Turner.

Turner also believes that another attack on the US is inevitable.

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