|Allison Petrone kneels and cries in front of a memorial at the barricades surrounding the scene of the Boston Marathon bombings in Boston, Massachusetts April 18, 2013. Two explosions hit the Boston Marathon as runners crossed the finish line killing at least three people and injuring over 100 others. REUTERS/Brian Snyder|
Similar over-emphasis is placed on the date of an attack and on what it might be the anniversary of. This also overlooks the opportunism involved in most terrorist operations, in terms of when, as well as where, it might be most feasible to mount an attack. In general, western analysts and commentators on terrorism devote more attention to anniversary dates than terrorists do.