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Terrorism: Paying The Price

Updated on October 17, 2016

Governments must!


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+)

Boulder, Colorado

Madrid, Spain

London, England

Boston, Massachusetts

Benghazi, Libya






Chattanooga, Tennessee

San Bernadino, California

Paris, France (5)

The High Speed Train

International Airlines

Orlando, Florida

~ ~ ~ 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.


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    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      teaches12345 - ISIS is only one significant cause of fear in the world. There are viruses, insect borne diseases, drought, famine, pestilences, crime, drugs, big and little bullies, to name only a few.

      ISIS relies on murder, slavery, kidnapping. theft, and a raft of other crimes to promote its invasive ways. Their only difference from other criminal enterprises we have dealt with is the scope and zealousness of its adherents.

      The solution will require scope and zealousness in the response to their challenges to a law abiding and peace loving world of morality.

    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      aviannovice - Well said. Defense is always a greater challenge than offense. Our present task is to mix the two, so that ISIS must be concerned about both, just as the world must be.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      Terrorism is touching all people of the world. I pray we find a way to combat it together. No one wants to live in fear.

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      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This is definitely a bad situation, and if we fear terrorism, the terrorists have already won. We must be smart, and not allow wolves in sheep's clothing to talk us into something that will only benefit them...

    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      MizBejabbers - Some Americans may have to leave to escape some of their own, too! If we were to list the "top ten" serious problems facing our world, surely ISIS would have to be among the top 5. Two evils have combined to make Syria an unattractive vacation spot!

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      4 years ago from Beautiful South

      Demas, my statement "who we are today and who we will be in the future...." was more of a warning than a question. I made a comment on a hub today about a horrifying story about ISIS, and kind of got my hand bitten because I'm not more open-minded about all these "innocent people" who can't control their ISIS offspring and who want to come to this country to escape their own progeny.

    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Dear Eric, This reminds me of Vietnam and the appearance the US gave to some observers who commented that "What is power, if you don't use it effectively and with the determination to win?" There is no one waiting in the wings to fight against us over ISIS, if we misstep. The misstep here is not taking the right steps together.

      When we are all at risk, it is time to risk all. Demas

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Great thoughts here Demas. One of the problems with chemo therapy is that it also kills many healthy cells. But when given the choice I chose chemotherapy. Our war on terror is not without it's cost. But better to die fighting than be sheep led to slaughter.

    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      MizBejabbers - Those who have done little or nothing to stem the flow of illegals are the same folks who granted illegal immigrants extended stays and want to admit tens of thousands of refugees of whom we know little or nothing as to their backgrounds.

      That approach will not and should not work to America's benefit, and could in fact result in serious harm

      My representative in Congress said "I want to see President Obama show the same fire in the belly over ISIS that he does over Republicans." Amen.

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      4 years ago from Beautiful South

      The questions are how do you do it and have we waited too long? I get so tired of the argument that "that is not who we are" when someone suggests being careful about whom we let into our shores. Just who are we anyway? All I know is that who we are today and who we are going to be in the future is subject to change, depending upon how we handle this ISIS situation.

    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Jodah - Some cancers require "radical" surgery. ISIS is such a cancer. Just as with other recent wars (and this is one unlike the others) settling for something short of a total victory just won't solve the problem, and the longer it is allowed to drag on, the more it costs in lives and destruction.

      You are right that everything "has to be done to put an end to [the ISIS] insanity."

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Much food for thought, Demas. You are right that the current fight against terrorism is just not working, and something has to be done to put an end to this insanity.


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