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Why this soft treatment? Possibly psychology & the need to move on to other issues

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Submitted by PezDispenser (Israel), Jul 15, 2014 at 18:10

Another idea is that when one criminalizes terrorism, it is brought down to the level of domestic problems such as common crimes and car accidents that society just has to live with, and therefore gives a better psychological feeling that there's "peace in our time'. Also, it's a neat way for anti-war people to partially recognize the problem, partially deal with it on a case-by-case basis rather than a sustained systematic campaign, and move on to other pressing problems.

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Right. Reminds one of John Kerry in 2004:"We have to get back to the place we were, where terrorists are not the focus of our lives, but they're a nuisance."

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