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After Woolwich

Tensions are running high—just as the attackers planned

By Jonathan Birdwell  

© Gavin Lynn

With its gory imagery on the front page of every British newspaper, the Woolwich attack has provoked shock and anger. Though it did not involve the same level of casualties and damage that we associate with terrorism, it was clearly motivated by Al Qaeda-inspired ideology, and aimed to upset and frighten. Yet despite consistency with previous acts of Al Qaeda-inspired terrorism, the Woolwich attack suggests an important…

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