The more I hear of terrorist attacks around the world, the more I realize how On the Run in College Park embodies the issues of today. Obviously, acts of terror cannot by themselves topple a nation, but they can change the political climate, and reshuffle the priorities of a country. They can serve as forerunners of more invasive acts, such as taking over neighborhoods, or putting up their own political candidates.
Nevertheless, every act of terror, every action to foster a revolution, must be led. History is the story of leaders. If you can see that the direction of a nation or a culture is toward change, regardless of how many people seem to favor it, how many demonstrators are in the streets, or how many columnists are writing about it, if you dig deeply enough you'll eventually find a single person who is the leader of that movement. In the Protestant revolt against the Roman Catholic church you can trace it's beginning to Martin Luther. After him came others, whose statues now stand in Geneva, who followed Luther's lead to further the work he began.
Finding the leader(s) of terrorist actions should be the aim of every nation and every city. The characters in On the Run in College Park didn't uncover the leader of the acts that affected them, but it should open the minds of readers to understand that to stop terrorist acts, the leaders behind each movement must be found and prosecuted.