this is exactly what terrorism has for its goal- shock, disgust, fear, awe.... much like a monstrous child having a conniption fit in a toy store when Mom won't give them what they want. i think the world should gracefully acknowledge, then ignore this stuff, which is as hard as letting a child cry itself to sleep because it doesn't want to go to bed yet... but just as necessary. and let the children over there have their temper-tantrums. its horrifying, yes, but it empowers that kind of behavior to make news stories about it around the world and talk for weeks about it- it makes the terrorists feel important, news worthy, big and bad. if they were all ignored, they'd either realize they weren't accomplishing anything, or the violence would escalate even more until their own people fixed the problem, instead of expecting us to police it. i will never understand why americans see other cultures flagellating themselves or allowing minority organizations to cull them with violence, and think- AH we have to go FIX that! its like trying to stomp out countless forest fires around the world- which should be left to resolve themselves on their own so that new growth and maturity can set in. besides which, we have our own problems to deal with right now- we can no longer AFFORD to police the world. yes, it sounds heartless, and no it doesn't mean i'm not hurting for those over there who have to live with this horror... but come on people, terrorism is meant to evoke terror- deny them that satisfaction and what have they got?
for the last several years, we've been dowsing the flames with kerosine, not water.
that said, of course my heart goes out to the victims of such senseless hate and violence. this is why religions are as bad as guns- crazy people can use them to justify and empower anything- but much more convincingly.