Facing Facts in America

There can't be police on every train forever--but there's still plenty that U.S. cities can do

In America, subway bombs have been around longer than parking meters. Back when terrorists were called "radicals," in 1927, two explosions blasted through two midtown New York City stations late one August night, injuring 12. The bombs went off 10 minutes apart; one was strong enough to rip open the sidewalk on the street above. The city lunged into action. All 14,000 police officers were put on bomb duty to protect the city's water supply and public buildings, reported a New YorkTimes article from the time. Scores of New Yorkers carrying bundles were stopped and searched.

Last week, when London's transit...

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