The problem for a terrorist always has been that a spectacular attack risked being exposed by law enforcement. The problem with a crude and simple attack was that the police are usually quite quick to neutralize an attacker before he can hurt a significant number of victims.
Today however, there is a frightening prospect that this distinction between a complicated, spectacular attack versus a simple, violent rampage could no longer be true.
Published in The Global Times
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