Terrorism (Are you scared yet?)

Bomb ISIS

Bomb ISIS — Great idea — Right? How has it worked so far? Bombing cities where there might be ISIS forces may kill some ISIS fighters, but it also kills innocent civilians — creating more angry terrorists.

ISIS is not a place. In fact, ISIS is not even in one place. ISIS is an idea. So how do you bomb an idea? The only way to attack an idea is with a better idea. So, what is the better idea? The United States is based upon it. We have laws and people who enforce those laws. ISIS is not a military problem, it’s a criminal one. Acts of terror are against the law — not just US law, but international law. Let’s use these outrageous criminal acts (the bombings in Europe and the Middle East) to instigate a truly international police force tasked with solving the crimes, capturing and punishing the perpetrators, not just for this incidence, but for all crimes.

Just because we have a huge war machine does not mean we have to use it for every situation. A military attack in response to a criminal act is seen as an act of aggression, not defense. There is an old saying that points out, “When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” Well, we have much more than just a hammer, so we have to stop treating every attack like a nail.

Now let’s go back to how to fight an idea. One of the things that nurtures an idea like ISIS is the seemingly indiscriminate bombing and occupying of Muslim countries. This statement is not speculation. It’s a fact! In spite of that, during the presidential debates then candidate Trump called for the US to respond with, “A bombing campaign that’s not afraid to kill innocent civilians.” Isn’t that what terrorists do? We have to be better than the terrorists are if we want to win the battle of ideas.

We have the United Nations, NATO, and Interpol as a start. Let’s improve and empower them to deal with these criminals.

We have the United Nations, NATO, and Interpol as a start. Let’s improve and empower them to deal with these criminals.

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