You know what? I stand corrected. But
In his 1945 "Notes on Nationalism", Orwell claimed that the statement, "Those who ‘abjure’ violence can only do so because others are committing violence on their behalf" was a "grossly obvious” fact. - Source Wikipedia.
So even if Orwell didn’t say those exact words, he agreed with the sentiment.
Talent doesn’t hurt either
And if a person whose loved one was killed in Moscow read your snarky and tasteless comment about how you can enjoy a safer subway ride because of Chechen terrorists they’d bite your head off - no matter what kind of juvenile disclaimer you write.
It’s a prudent move to increase security on the subways when there’s a seemingly unrelated attack half way across the world. The first reason is exactly what you mentioned - to make people feel safe. It provides a psychological benefit to scared people. Are they safer? To a degree. It’d be nice if the cops were omnipotent and could stop every terrorist plot - but they can’t. They might stop 100 attacks before they’re ever carried out, but all it takes is one to succeed.
Terrorists exploit weakness in security systems when carrying out their attacks. They seldom go up against a group of trained soliders/policemen armed with heavy weapons. A cop with a submachine gun in the subway, while not fun to look at, is indeed a deterrent.
And there are terrorist operatives in the city who are indeed watching how the NYPD reacts. If the NYPD went, “Oh well, it’s Chechen separatists so we don’t have to worry about it" and didn’t deploy a show of force guess what? Terrorists intent on harming New Yorkers will see that as a show of weakness and unpreparedness and exploit it to the max.
As to your dismissal of the NYPD’s ramping up security as PR and you’re writing, "Hey guys, are you telling me you haven't been all that concerned about our subways until now?” you’re sadly misinformed. The NYPD has been trying to prevent terrorist attacks since 9/11. And something tells me those officers on the subways giving you what you facetiously refer to as “peace of mind” aren’t there for PR. They’re putting their lives on the line.
May I remind you of George Orwell’s famous statement, “Men sleep peacefully in their beds at night because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” The NYPD isn’t perfect by any means, but show some respect.
It’s a big bad world out there Jonnny. Sorry if the police protecting you has given you agita. Get your head out of your latte.
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