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The fact that they are increasingly referred to as 'events' underlines their frightfulness.
There is a common assumption that at some point, under some circumstance, perhaps after the parties have exhausted themselves in frightfulness to each other, they will come back to the table and pick up where they left off.
Of course, since it's a truism to say that terrorists in general thrive on the oxygen of publicity, it's a fair bet to assume that the next attack will be even more horrendous and will seek to set a new standard of frightfulness.
They shaded their eyes from the frightfulness and drove away the pregnant women, to stop them from seeing the dreadful sight, and to prevent the curse of the whore's twins from - God forbid - infecting their unborn babies.