Sunday, October 19, 2014

Terrorism

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/30/world/africa/ransoming-citizens-europe-becomes-al-qaedas-patron.html?ref=world&_r=0

The United States has a policy of not negotiating with terrorists.  This is an excellent policy.  Our policy should be that we kill them.   Other nations do negotiate with terrorists.  Worse than that, they deal with them.  

Making deals with terrorists is the worst thing we can do.  It only makes them stronger.  It only makes us look weak.   Terrorist is about communicating a message.  If you negotiate, it sends the message that you are afraid.  If you are afraid, then the terrorists are winning.

It is difficult to say that we won't deal for your son, your brother, your wife.  It is hard to say we won't pay a ransom or exchange prisoners.  But every time you do that, it encourages them to kidnap someone else, it gives them legitimacy, and greater power.  President Obama was wrong to trade people from Guantanamo for an American prisoner.  We should have mounted a hostage rescue to take him back, even if he was killed, or other Americans were killed doing it.  War is difficult and hard choices must be made to win; that's the view from the Hysterical Right Wing.

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