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How To Stop Terrorism

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Submitted by Ronnie (Israel), Dec 11, 2006 at 15:39

Just like the popular book, All I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, stopping terrorism is akin to stopping the proverbial "sandbox bully." One can run, one can stand up and fight, one can appease (negotiate), or one can break down in front of the bully and beg for mercy.

If we look at the consequences of these actions, we see that running away will never solve the problem, as the bully can pursue us and get more on his side to run after and terrorize us; appeasement (negotiation) with a bully whose agenda is to annihilate us will not work, as the word of a bully is not worth the paper it's written on; standing up for a fight means blood and guts and suffering, and facing the possibility of losing or worse, dying; begging for mercy is never going to work with an oppressor who might enjoy the power of watching his victims squirm before their annihilation.

A bully who has a nuclear bomb is about as nihilistic a situation as one could get. There is no way out here. The end of the world as we all have always known it perhaps. Maybe a few survivors. Millions dead. The problem with fighting radical Islam with new ideas so that the radicals will become moderates is a nice-sounding solution, if one is running a kindergarten and if one has many years of child development theory to put into action. The president of Iran, Mr. Ahmahdinejad, is on a crash course to destroy the part of the world that has not embraced Allah, ie. Israel and the United States. Europe is also a target in the mind of a megalomaniac who wants total world power. This man is not building one bomb to destroy Israel. This man is building many bombs, and they will be targeted toward the destruction of western civilization.

There is no time for ideas, to change radicals to moderates. Quick, gutsy, pre-emptive action is called for to destroy Iran's nuclear capability before Iran destroys us all.

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