The idea of “resilience” features in many counterterrorism strategies that have been written in recent years and it is a term that has been employed by political leaders in the aftermath of terrorist attacks. After the Boston Marathon bombing attack in May 2013, Boston has been repeatedly hailed as a resilient city that was not only well prepared to face the attack but that also gained new strength from it. Resilience is commonly seen as something inherently positive, something to strive for. The British CONTEST strategy envisions a resilient society as being “able to recover from shocks and to maintain essential services”; it will facilitate an efficient crisis response, which in turn “will save lives, reduce harm and aid recovery.” It has even been claimed that “the R-word provides a conceptual framework for designing a better tomorrow” and that the way it is discussed makes it look like the superhero of our times.
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