BLAIR ON FIRE: Tim Blair, an Austrailian columnist who's like butter 'cause he's on a roll lately (props to Stuart Scott of ESPN for that one), posits a fascinating conclusion: Killing terrorists wipes out terror
Seems obvious enough to me, but there are apparently some out there who believe it makes more sense to appease terrorists. Blair shoots this down:
HEARD anything from Italy's Red Brigades lately? What about Germany's Baader-Meinhof gang? Where has Japan's Red Army been hiding? Whatever happened to the Weather Underground?
All of these terrorist organisations have more or less vanished. According to the anti-war lobby, which holds that a violent reaction to terrorism only breeds more terrorism, they should be thriving. Andreas Baader's suicide in Stammheim Prison in 1977 should have inspired an army of followers.
Instead, they're gone. Killing and jailing terrorists wipes out terror. The only major European terrorist group from that era to survive in any significant way is the IRA, which tells us something: attacking terrorists doesn't breed terror. Negotiating with them does.
I think some liberals living in a make believe utopia don't seem to get another simple point: terrorists don't like you, even if you feel sorry for them. They want to kill you. Referring to Bob Ellis, a man seemingly sympathetic to Al Qaeda's cause, Blair goes on:
And it was caused not by Howard but by a bloodthirsty global movement that would as happily kill Ellis as it would any other Western individual. Islamic terrorists don't care if you're a Howard voter or an ALP speechwriter. Ellis meets their only qualification: he's not a Muslim.
Finally, Blair wraps up his article with the following:
Australians who worry about offending murderous lunatics and urge silence on issues like terrorism are acting as though we've already been defeated, as though terrorists are rational people, who pay close attention to reasonable arguments and make considered judgments.
Nobody who thinks it a valid political gesture to crash jets into skyscrapers or blow up nightclubs will be swayed by a cautious debate in the Senate or an arm's-length policy towards the US. Germany is against the war. One German died in Bali and 12 are missing.
Terrorists don't want liberty. They want death. They want to see the young girl walking around Sydney airport all Tuesday with a photograph in her hand, asking survivors returning from Bali if any of them had seen her big brother. She loved him. Did anyone know what had happened to him? Can you help me find him? Please?
It's impossible, but try to imagine what kind of monster would cause that, and would rejoice in it. Those are the sorts of people we're dealing with. Hobart's Brendan Blomely, whose friend Clinton Thompson was killed, told an AAP reporter that he feared for Australia if the attack weakened our resolve: "If we allow them to run roughshod over us then more Australians are going to go the way Clinton unfortunately did. If we take any more time, more people like Clint will perish."
History proves Blomely right. You stop terrorism by stopping terrorists.
I practically cited the whole article. That's how right on Blair is about this. It's time for people who try to find a moral equivalence between people who commit terror and people who defend themselves from it to wake up. There is no equivalence. And the only way to stop is not to appease it, but to fight it.