DEAR AMERICA: Is Terrorism The New ‘Normal’?

Screen Shot 2016-07-15 at 10.08.45 AMAre we going to have to live in a society where we TOLERATE these terrorist thugs attacking our used-to-be peaceful cities and towns? It’s time to start fighting back and put fear into the very people who wish us harm.

By Anthony Dennis

I’ve been to Nice. Paris and Brussels, too. Chances are you probably have as well. A bomb goes off in Baghdad, killing hundreds, as was the case the other day, and it hardly hits the homepage.

But, as a nation of prodigious travellers, nearly all of us can immediately identify with the classic destinations – Nice and the enchanted south of France included – from our own travels when they are suddenly and brutally besieged.

International travel, a pursuit that millions of Australians nowadays cherish, is again reeling from another attack on France, one of the superpowers of global tourism. Travel was never meant to be this way and nor was France.

It’s no secret that tourists are staying away in significant numbers from France – and for that matter Europe as a whole.

Even before the recent attack on Istanbul Airport – now superseded by yet more carnage that seems to emerge on a near-weekly basis – visitor numbers to Turkey, where tourism is a major contributor to the nation’s economy, had already declined to close to 50 per cent.

This followed a series of terrorism incidents that included the murder of several German tourists outside the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia.

But it’s not merely safety and security that’s important in influencing travel decisions as many travellers, perhaps hardened by the “new normal” delivered by terrorists in respect to the propensity of incidents and attacks, are clearly better able to rationalise the risk.

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