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Re: Thoughts
Posted By: wintermute, on host
Date: Monday, September 17, 2001, at 08:16:39
In Reply To: Re: Thoughts posted by Rob J D on Monday, September 17, 2001, at 07:07:42:

> > None of the above excuses terrorism of any sort. It must be stopped. And I have news for you: if you kill the terrorists, they cannot continue to cause terror. It's pretty simple.
> >
> And then their friends and neighbors and families have a reason to hate and some of them may start looking for a way to retaliate again.
> My fear is that any actions other than a long slow wait for the justice system to deal with those who had a hand in this will result in more bloodshed. And someone somewhere will want to avenge that and the cycle will continue.

Yes, you're right. But on the other hand, doing nothing (which is what a long, slow wait for the justice system to do its thing will look like to the terrorists) will convince people that terrorism is acceptable, and a valid means of attempting to achieve your ends. This will also lead to more terrorism.

Given that neither method is particuarly good at stopping terrorism, it comes down to a descision about which will be the *most* effective.