Terrorism: Paying The Price
Governments must decide....now!
Give some thought to what delay has already cost.
The terrorists chose these targets for their impact. Let's be sure to understand why.
New York, New York (3+)
San Bernadino, California
Paris, France (5)
The High Speed Train
~ ~ ~ Will that be credit card or cash? ~ ~ ~
Can you recall each of those acts of terrorism?
Even if you can, and each had its own visual memories that may come to mind, realize that your first thought was of the senseless, criminal waste of innocent lives.
There is, however, another factor we should recognize once we have acknowledged the human tragedies: Cost.
The terrorists involved acknowledge that factor and it is one key to their strategy.
In what was perhaps their signal act, the attacks on the World Trade Center buildings, the terrorists went to considerable expense for flight school training and travel expenses, as well as dedicating a number of their cadre's lives.
The trade off in cost was typical of such terrorist acts, and illustrates why it is essential that all efforts against terrorism be conducted as aggressively as possible, as soon as possible, and with a total commitment.
In the current efforts to combat the terrorists, the results so far are poor. Loss of lives, military and civilian have been greater among the innocents than among the terrorists. The cost of operations against the terrorists and the costs of destruction done by the terrorists, are much greater for the victims, governments, and objects of the terrorists' attacks, than the costs suffered by the terrorists.
On a cost basis in lives and destruction, the innocents are losing.
Not making an all out commitment to eliminating the terrorists has prolonged those disproportionate losses in lives and destruction.
For most individuals buying a home or a reliable car, there is a choice to be made: cash or credit. When a loan is the answer, the expense is often doubled.
The present piecemeal approach to defeating the terrorists is not only ineffective, but costly with no end in sight. The innocents continue to pay a disproportionate cost in lives and destruction.
Now the added disruptions in the lives of innocent refugees and the humanitarian sufferings and costs involved, serve the terrorists' purposes of making the result of their actions an enormous burden on their enemies.
Some contagions can be allowed to burn themselves out, but most are better fought by nipping them in the bud, rather than letting the contagion spread until it results in greater loss of lives and greater destruction.
The choice could have been made to crush the terrorists when we first detected their strategy and plans. The steps taken then did not result in nipping them in the bud. But it is not too late to realize that the failure to do so was a mistake, and to take effective action now to limit future human and financial losses which could prove to be unsustainable.
It's a simple choice: cash or credit? Better late than never.
© 2016 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.
As for terrorism, we have lessons to learn yesterday.
- Terrorism: Paying The Price
What is the price of terrorism? What is the best way to pay that price? Recent events have clarified the price of terrorism. Now the question is: how will we choose to pay it? Are there options?
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