Monday, November 16, 2015
The First Step in the Fight Against Terrorism: Don't Be Terrified
The whole point of terrorism is to terrify reactive leaders into a brutal response. This helps terrorists recruit more fighters. Every time we invade a country, we make more enemies.
This is why a measured, coordinated response, using diplomatic, economic, cultural, and (only at the end) military tools is the most effective thing to do, as well as the most ethical.
Reactive leaders will not be held back by a thoughtful consideration of what will really work.
Reactive leaders will only be held back if their domestic supporters would reject a brutal response.
Therefore, the most effective thing that ordinary people can do in the face of terror is not be terrified. Keeping calm and carrying on is the best resistance.