Letter: How to deter terrorism



An online discussion of the Boston Marathon bombing reached this conclusion: “If there is any deterrent to terrorism, it is in showing that acts of terror will not pay off.”

Unfortunately, with a relative exchange rate of four dead and 264 injured vs. one dead and one charged with murder, plus three in jail on related charges, the rest of us “keeping a stiff upper lip” won’t be much of a deterrent.

Until terrorist groups and their state sponsors actually experience some negative consequences following acts of mass murder, they will continue to use terrorists as surrogates in their attempts to undo the results of Charles Martel’s victory at the Battle of Tours in 732 A.D. Islam has been hijacked by those who think that terrorism can achieve their goal of spreading Islam across the globe to achieve a worldwide caliphate.

Curtis Ryan Mooney