Boston is the latest wake-up call for cities around the world; a reminder of how vulnerable they are to a terrorizing attack. Each bomb blast in a tower, a market, a subway or a street, aims to widen the black hole of fear.
Mirroring this, police and security have ratcheted up the
response. The scope of the city-wide lockdown in Boston and
surrounding communities was unprecedented. Residents were told to stay
inside - to keep their doors locked to everyone but an identifiable
police officer - to shelter their loved ones while a dragnet for a
single man, possibly strapped with explosives, dragged on for hours. It was a modern urban nightmare.
Londoners have experienced this shock more than once.The last
time was in July 2005 when bombs went off during the morning rush hour
killing 52 civilians and injuring 700.
Michael talks with Paul Rogers
, professor of Peace Studies at the
University of Bradford in England, and an expert in the field of
international security and the war on terror.