A potentially effective strategy for dealing with terrorist threats is to let them know in advance how we will respond if they attack us again.
If we put the Muslim world on notice that an attack on American soil will result in five cruise missiles destroying the most holy sites in Mecca and Medina, it may be the one and only thing that could give terrorists pause.
These people don't care about their own lives or the lives of their own children, and they certainly don't care about the lives of non-Muslim civilians. They are barbarous murderers that cannot be reasoned with, negotiated with, or persuaded. The one thing they do understand, though, is destruction. That, and religious fervor.
Perhaps by combining the two things that their feeble brains are able to understand, it will make them less eager. If they know that their legacy will be the destruction of major Islamic holy sites, they might actually reconsider their attacks. I don't know of anything else that will sway them from their single-minded purpose.
If this is distasteful to you, as it is to me, consider the alternative. These people are not going to stop. They are not going away. They have been brainwashed into believing that everything that sucks about their miserable existence is due to America and Israel. It's a lot easier to believe that than to pull your miserable ass out of the muck and actually make something of yourself.
Good people don't want to do ugly things, but we face an enemy that is bent on our destruction and is not going to just go away. They are single-mindedly focused on destroying the western world. (Where the $%&@ is that going to leave them, when there is no one left to buy their oil, which is the only thing they've contributed to the world in over a thousand years? Oh, that's right, they are nostalgic for the days of the Stone Age.)
We're going to have to face the fact that this is a war in which the enemy has no qualms about either killing or dying. If we don't want to be burying lots of our own innocent citizens, we're going to have to accept burying lots and lots of terrorists. They are going to force us into this choice. As unpleasant as it is for us to deal with, it's not a difficult choice between the two.
How long are we going to try to be the good guys and take their abuse? How many more 9/11's will we have to endure before we say enough is enough and finally give them the ass-whooping they are so desperately in need of?
There is a point where civility ends and irrational behavior begins. Is it moral for us to let our children's future and our peace-loving way of life be threatened in the name of our so-called "goodness"? I say that is an immoral act of great arrogance. We are betraying all that we know to be good and right in the world to allow ourselves, our children, and the survival of our way of life be threatened by this evil! Shame on us for our equivocating on this matter. Is it an act of goodness to let evil overcome?!
Let's grant them their 72 virgins, thus making their dreams come true and making our children safe to grow up in a world of peace and creativity, rather than terror and destruction. Enough pussy-footing around these bastards. They don't respect it, and they certainly don't deserve it. It is nothing but weakness to them. They don't appreciate it or like us any better for it. It is our Achilles heel. Civilized behavior and fair play are lost on them. We do it at our own peril. Is it worth dying in an office building so that we don't do the "wrong" thing? Are our values not worth defending up-front, rather than as a response to an act of terror? It's not like their intentions are a mystery.
As horrific as the atom bombs on Japan were, they served to end a war that could have gone on for much longer. Previously Declared Retaliation. Let them know about the destruction they will bring on their own religious sites if they insist on attacking innocent Americans.
PDR. Not the Physician's Desk Reference, but just what the doctor ordered.