By Tom Quiner
Prescriptions differ depending on political ideology.
I would rather focus the conversation in a different direction: what can we do to increase terrorism? If we understand how we can increase terrorism, then perhaps if we do the opposite, we can reduce it.
So here is a simple way to increase terrorism: reward it.
If a group hijacks airplanes and guns down Olympic athletes, we should listen and give their cause more deference.
If a group pushes an old Jewish man in a wheel chair overboard on a luxury cruise liner and murders Jewish school kids in Israel, elevate their cause above other aggrieved groups, such as the Tibetans, Kurds, and Chechens. Give their cause more priority at the United Nations over these other legitimately persecuted groups.
And when this group uses terrorism, don’t blame them, blame the victim. Start an international movement to disinvest in the country that is home to the victims of the terrorists, let’s say a place like Israel.
Even more, release terrorists from prisons before their sentences are up. Let them go back home and get back “to work.”
You get the idea. This is the model used very effectively by various Palestinian terrorist organizations for decades. And this is how the West has reacted.
It has worked, as Alan Dershowitz points out in an opinion piece yesterday:
“The United Nations glorifies terrorism by placing countries that support terrorism in high positions of authority and honor and by welcoming with open arms the promoters of terrorism.
On the other hand Israel, which has led the world in efforts to combat terrorism by reasonable and lawful means, gets attacked by the international community more than any other country in the world. Promoters of terrorism are treated better at the United Nations than opponents of terrorism. The boycott divestment tactic (BDS) is directed only against Israel and not against the many nations that support terrorism.”
If we want to increase terrorism, we should continue what we’re doing: rewarding it.
Make excuses for it.
Blame their bad behavior on poverty, climate change, or sun spots.
Better yet, blame their behavior on us.
This is how we can work together to increase terrorism.