Monday, August 02, 2004

Symbolic Target 

Terrorists know a thing or two about communication. Their destruction of the World Trade Towers was a statement that was understood by everyone. Their current threat against financial institutions based in New York City and Newark, NJ is another statement in the same vein. Like it or not, they are effective publicists for their point of view.

It is important to remember that anyone, good or bad, can use publicity techniques well. Hitler and Stalin were both effective communicators. Hitler mastered the art of public speaking through unrelenting work on his delivery. Both excelled in the art of the pageant to project power. Terrorists aren't nearly as elegant, but they are just as loud.


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