Ted Koppel in The Wall Street Journal on overreacting to terrorism…somewhere before Tim Graham’s point lies substance

Ted Koppel in The Wall Street Journal on overreacting to terrorism “Terrorism, after all, is designed to produce overreaction,” writes, Koppel, the famed news broadcaster. And with America‘s wide closure of foreign embassies and drone strikes, “It appears to be working.” In particular, the U.S. permanent surveillance state has played directly into Al-Qaeda‘s hands. “We have created an economy of fear, an industry of fear, a national psychology of fear. Al Qaeda could never have achieved that on its own. We have inflicted it on ourselves,” he writes. James Breiner, director of the Global Business Journalism program at Tsinghua University tweets, “Couldn’t agree more w/ Ted Koppel.” But Tim Graham of conservative media watchdog NewsBusters caustically writes “Koppel wants terrorism de-emphasized to the point that it’s seen as less dangerous to America than household ladder accidents.”

Koppel:  http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324653004578650462392053732.html

Atlantic Wire (last item) Five Best Wednesday Columns:  http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2013/08/five-best-wednesday-columns/68072/