RE: terrorism, what is and what should never be

From: Harvey Newstrom (
Date: Wed Nov 28 2001 - 11:57:31 MST

Brian D Williams wrote,
> >From: "Pat Fallon" <>
> >I think it is very important to understand why we were attacked.
> >Understanding why someone attacked you may help you avoid a
> >similar situation in the future, for one thing.
> "Give the terrorists what they want and they won't be terrorists
> anymore."

I think the value in understanding why we were attacked is to predict future
attacks, avoid future attacks, and understand future attacks. "Know Your
Enemy" is the key here.

Appeasing terrorists may actually fall into a cost/benefits analysis.
However, the costs must be understood: successful terrorists, repeat
terrorists and more terrorists. Such an outcome will only demonstrate that
terrorism works and can be a means to an end. Such an example must be
avoided. Refusing to negotiate with terrorists is the best policy.

Harvey Newstrom <>
Principal Security Consultant, Newstaff Inc. <>
Board of Directors, Extropy Institute <>
Cofounder, Pro-Act <>

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