In these dark times, in the aftermath of yet another terrorist-enacted atrocity, though we might be tempted to irradiate a few hundred square miles of the Middle East in retaliation, we must refrain. The explosive show of force is just the polarizing action that our enemies want, and to exhibit it would be to play directly into their hands.
Remember Battlestar Galactica? When the Cylons showed up on New Caprica? Remember how the suicide-bombing terrorists were the good guys?!? Consider that next time you’re calling for the systemic registration and possible deportation of an entire population based on their race or religion. Also, pick up a history book and read about how well that worked in real life.
Terrorism is neither a psychological illness nor a goal in itself. Terrorism is the kind of warfare that the weak wage against the strong. Here’s how to stop it working.