WALEED Aly, the smiling face of Australian Islam, is an upbeat
kind of guy. He remained so last week following the Boston Marathon
bombings - not because of the bombings themselves, obviously, but
because, as Aly put it: "We're finally maturing in the way we handle
... it's a sign of our increasing "maturity" that we now recognize
terrorism as a "perpetual irritant, and that while it is tragic and
emotionally lacerating, it kills relatively few people and is not any
kind of existential threat".
Three people were killed in Boston
due to irritants. Another 14 will endure the perpetual irritation of
losing one or more limbs. By last Friday, 57 remained in hospital
suffering emotional laceration to their faces and bodies.