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Solution for Dealing with Terrorism

The Challenge

Over the past years there has been a dramatic increase in terrorism all over the world. At the same time, many governments are at a loss on how to combat terrorism. Despite massive counter-terrorist ...

Over the past years there has been a dramatic increase in terrorism all over the world. At the same time, many governments are at a loss on how to combat terrorism. Despite massive counter-terrorist activities, terrorist attacks in weak states such as Afghanistan and Iraq have continued and the threat of attacks in developed countries remains strong.

Govern through inclusive, legitimized political institutions, avoiding instrumental justification of violence.

If we are to persuade others to repudiate terrorism as a tactic, we must demonstrate first, that it is unnecessary, and second, that it is morally reprehensible and legally criminal. To achieve agreement on the second principle, we must act consistently on the first, ensuring that our actions match our rhetoric.

Ethnic, racial or religious diversity does not necessarily cause conflict. Claims by individuals and groups to political access and economic opportunity can be pursued through political institutions and mediated by civil society. When sharp political or economic disparities cause acute social uncertainty, when the political system is exclusive and civil society institutions fail, however, these cleavages can become major fault-lines and invite violence.

We must ensure and encourage the emergence and maintenance of inclusive, well-functioning political institutions. If we succeed in this, the instrumental justification for violent insurrection falls away, and it is easier to promote a moral and normative consensus proscribing it.

Terrorist attacks must be classified as reprehensible criminal acts, not acts of war. People who employ violence against civilians to induce terror, are criminals, not a special class of military combatants. They should be prosecuted as criminals under the criminal justice system, just as we prosecute leaders of organized crime syndicates who employ violence as a tactic.

We must maintain the democratic principles and the rule of law on which our societies are founded. Sacrificing these principles on tactical grounds is dangerous and strategically counterproductive. We will not convince communities with sympathy for al-Qa´ida that we are acting morally if we abandon the fundamental principles that define our societies.

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