Editor’s note: Stephen Flynn is founding co-​​director of the George J. Kostas Research Insti­tute for Home­land Secu­rity and a pro­fessor of polit­ical sci­ence at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity. The views expressed are his own.

The twin bomb­ings at the Boston marathon and the man­hunt for the Tsar­naev brothers cap­ti­vated the nation last week.  Nearly a dozen years after 9/​11, a great Amer­ican city was once again under attack. The response by Bosto­nians was to care for the wounded, sup­port efforts by law enforce­ment to iden­tify and appre­hend the cul­prits, and take back their lives. As Fenway Park roared back to live on Sat­urday, fans armed with “Boston Strong” signs, cheered on their home team who had swapped out “Red Sox” for “Boston” on their uniforms.

The people of Boston have shown the nation how to cope with the new face of terrorism.

Boston is a tough and resilient town,” Pres­i­dent Barack Obama rightly observed, and resilience is the crit­ical ingre­dient for con­fronting this ongoing risk. Terrorism’s pri­mary appeal for an adver­sary is its poten­tial to cause the tar­geted society to over­react in costly, dis­rup­tive, and self-​​destructive ways.  So when an attack is met with fear­less­ness, self­less­ness, and com­pe­tence, it fails. The British and Israelis have learned this lesson and prac­tice it. As an Israeli friend reminded me shortly after the bombs went off on the finish line of the Boston marathon: “The most effec­tive way to cope (with) and to beat terror is to return as fast as you can to routine.”

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