chapter  18
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Nightmare scenarios

None of these scenarios need ever materialize. They are presented as a warning of how fragile is the

barrier which holds back the flood. Totalitarian countries are largely free from terrorism because

terrorists can expect no publicity, and they know that they can be arrested secretly and disappear

without trace. In pluralist societies, however, terrorism is very easy. Anyone can plant a bomb,

provided that they do not mind if it kills people indiscriminately as well as their intended target, and

provided that they are not really afraid of the likelihood or consequences of being caught. If pluralist

societies do not act firmly, casualties from terrorism could quite suddenly reach alarming levels.