Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

1/31/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Grim reasons why the terrorists should quit.

Perhaps the terrorists should quit. Since 9-11, the United States has beat the terrorists at their own game, time and again. The most conservative estimates now say that in Pakistan alone, the U.S. has killed at least 3,000 people just using drones. Unfortunately, precise totals are unavailable. Add other countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, and those in the Horn of Africa, and the toll exacted by the U.S. is much, much higher. Here are three grim reasons why the terrorists should quit.

A predator drone fires a hellfire missile in testing.

A predator drone fires a hellfire missile in testing.

Article Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

1/31/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Terrorism, drones, terrorists, jihad, jihadists, al qaeda, better


3. America has killed more people. If we look at the numbers purely from a mathematical standpoint, the U.S. has managed to destroy more human lives than the terrorists. There are a couple good reasons for this.

First, terrorists must operate in secret, often compelled to smuggle themselves and their implements of terror past security officials, alert and concerned citizens, and so on. They are restricted to striking in small groups, or even as individuals. Before they can stage a successful attack, a number of things must go in their favor. Many plots have been foiled by investigations and hardware failures.

Conversely, American efforts are conducted in the open, at will, and with little risk to American assets. Unmanned drones fly 24-hours a day, free of fear from interception, and they deploy sophisticated, tried-and-true technology that works. The result is, it is much easier for us to strike at them than they at us. We can exact much higher body counts from terrorists.

Conversely, since 9-11 terrorists have killed only 57 Americans in attacks in the U.S., and all of those attacks have been carried out by individuals sympathetic to al-Qaeda, but were not themselves al-Qaeda operatives. Al-Qaeda operatives have enjoyed no success on American soil since 9-11.

From a body count perspective, we're the ones winning, by far.

2. Americans are not afraid of terrorists, but terrorists are afraid of us. Although the country was gripped in panic following 9-11, that fear has subsided. Color-coded terror alerts were once part of the nightly news, but now they have been dispensed with by both the media and the government. Although an alert system still exists, one would be hard-pressed to find an American who actually knows what the alert level is for a given day.

These days, it's domestic gun violence and gas prices that occupy our minds as opposed to fear of being victimized in a terrorist plot.

Meanwhile, overseas, terrorists and their communities have much to worry about. According to a series of studies conducted by the government and various activist groups, drones kill approximately 50 civilians to every terrorist. The numbers however, are difficult to assess because every entity has a different criteria for separating terrorists from civilians. Furthermore, accurate body counts are impossible to obtain. Nonetheless, the strikes are killing many more civilians than they are terrorists, so we're not just killing insurgents and jihadists, but also their families and friends. This qualifies as a form of terror. When your family cannot gather for fear of their imminent death from above, you are the one being terrorized.

In addition to the sheer number of deaths, there remains a larger number of people who are maimed and wounded as well as extensive property damage that is done. Al-Qaeda has inflicted almost zero of both on the U.S. while we have destroyed entire families and their homes.

1. We can do worse. The U.S. has a fearsome arsenal of weaponry at its disposal. From carpet-bombing B-52s, to ballistic missile nuke subs, the United States can inflict death from afar like no other country on the planet. If we add into the mix ground forces such as the Army and the Marines, which are highly-trained, and highly motivated forces, the terrorists stand virtually no chance. The strike on Osama bin Laden's compound is a shining example of this. Not only was bin Laden eliminated, but no U.S. soldiers or agents were hurt in the process.

Although several thousand Americans have been killed in combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. losses pale in comparison to those suffered by insurgent groups, terrorists, and civilians.

Ultimately, if the national will existed, the United States could swiftly annihilate entire populations, remotely. A drone pilot in the United States can launch a hellfire missile into a crowd of suspected insurgents in Pakistan, and an hour later, sit down to a nice hot supper at home.

While topics such as these are undoubtedly controversial, and even inflammatory to some, we must sometimes take a hard look at what we are doing and why. We cannot capitulate to terrorists, yet we cannot continue indiscriminately killing thousands of civilians. Any escalation, should be carefully considered.

We are the better terrorists, but we are also fighting a very self-restrained conflict. We have the power to do even more harm to many more people. What would it take to escalate the conflict to that level? Nobody knows. Unless both we and the terrorists agree to quit, it's likely we'll see it. And while everybody loses in war, we can guarantee that we will lose less than they do.

Much less.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for April 2014
Ecology and Justice:
That governments may foster the protection of creation and the just distribution of natural resources.
Hope for the Sick: That the Risen Lord may fill with hope the hearts of those who are being tested by pain and sickness.



Comments


More U.S.

Alabama Supreme Court Recognizes Child in the Womb Has Fundamental Rights

Image of The Alabama Supreme Court

By Deacon Keith Fournier

Because a human life with a full genetic endowment comes into existence at the moment of conception, the self-evident truth that all men are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights encompasses the moment of conception. Legal ... continue reading


Help Make the Story of the Serial Killer/Abortionist Kermit Gosnell Into a Movie Watch

Image of

By Deacon Keith Fournier

In 1852, the great abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass was invited to speak on the Fourth of July and delivered the now famous speech entitled What to the Slave is the Fourth of July. Here is a stirring quote from that famous speech: 'For it is not light that ... continue reading


Their Eyes Were Opened: Walk With Jesus on the Road to Emmaus Watch

Image of On the Road to Emmaus: In the light of the encounter with the Lord in the breaking of the bread, their eyes were opened. So it is meant to be with each one of us. The Holy Eucharist is more than a commemoration; it is an invitation into communion with the Living God - right now because Jesus Christ is Risen from the dead and walks with us on the road of life.

By Deacon Keith Fournier

We are those disciples on the road to Emmaus, living our lives in the real world, walking along with Jesus who is always there accompanying us on the road, whether we recognize Him or not. He listens to us, and understands us, because he became like us, in "all ... continue reading


Made for Beauty: Liturgy and Music

Image of

By Deal W. Hudson

Some might flinch at my use of the word "satisfying" to describe a liturgy, but I used it deliberately because I want to think aloud about the fact that we were made for beauty as much as we were made for goodness and truth.  To be satisfied by the shape, ... continue reading


'COME AND TAKE IT' Texas AG blasts BLM scheming to seize state land, threatens fight Watch

Image of Texans are rallying against the federal government and its habitual overreach.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A major land war between the Bureau of Land Management and the state of Texas is brewing as Texas lawmakers push back against the feds plan to seize 90,000 acres of land along the Texas/Oklahoma border. AUSTIN, TEXAS (Catholic Online) - The Bureau of Land Management ... continue reading


SHOCKING NEW TWIST: Autistic boy defends teenage girls who filmed his sexual assault Watch

Image of The parents of the victim are insistent that they want their son's abuser, 17-year-old Lauren A. Bush to be tried as an adult.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Abused beyond belief by two teenage girls, who filmed their despicable activities with their cellphones, a 16-year-old autistic boy now says he doesn't want to press charges against them - concerned that it would damage their - "friendship?" LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Time to Live the Easter Way of Life Watch

Image of Easter is more than a Day; it is a way of living our lives in Jesus Christ. Darkness has been scattered by the Light which broke forth from that empty tomb. That Light is meant to infuse our daily lives with the radiance of Resurrected love.

By Deacon Keith Fournier

The early Christians lived their lives in the Lord, for the sake of the world. They exhibited a holy boldness; because they internalized the faith they professed and allowed it to transform every aspect of their lives. They experienced the transforming power of ... continue reading


50,000-strong OK Militia declares they will resist federal takeover attempts Watch

Image of The Oklahoma Militia is ready to defend property against unlawful federal seizure.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

An Oklahoma militia which claims the allegiance of 50,000 members has sided with Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy in his recent clash against the feds. Although the standoff appears to be over, and is not likely to resume, the militia says it is ready to defend the rights ... continue reading


BLOODY EASTER WEEKEND IN CHICAGO: Six children shot in widespread violence Watch

Image of Five of the six children wounded, aged from 11 to 15 years, were shot during a drive-by shooting Sunday night.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

With 36 people wounded, and nine people dead, it was one of the most violent Easter weekends in Chicago within recent memory. Far more shocking was the fact that six young children were among those injured. Gang violence remains prevalent on Chicago's windy ... continue reading


Militant atheist organization seeks to ban schools from reciting the Pledge of Allegiance Watch

Image of The AHA says that the line

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

An organization of militant atheists is suing a New Jersey school district of discrimination, on the behalf of a family who take offense to the line "Under God," within the Pledge of Allegiance. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The lawsuit against the ... continue reading


All U.S. News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Acts 3:11-26
11 Everyone came running towards them in great ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 8:2, 5, 6-7, 8-9
2 even through the mouths of children, or of babes in ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 24:35-48
35 Then they told their story of what had happened on ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for April 24th, 2014 Image

St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen
April 24: Franciscan Capuchin martyr. He was born Mark Rey is Sigmaringen, ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter