The Very Real Deal on Terrorism

Terrorism is just like a bacterial infection and having a terrorist problem is just like having a bacterial infection.

The treatment of terrorism, which we often observe these days, thanks to the frequent acts of terror being carried out all over the world, is also just like the treatment that one sick with a bacterial infection would receive.

As one ill with a bacterial infection would receive both anti biotics from the doctor and a bouquet of flowers from their friends and family, coupled with prayers and well wishes, so does a terrorist-stricken community receive from government and society.

We have those whose job it is to exterminate terrorists and terrorist ideology, while we have those whose sole ability is to offer prayers, flowers, candles and well wishes.

I will go on the absolute record and tell everyone right now, that love and flowers cannot cure a bacterial infection, nor can it cure terrorism. No matter how hard you believe it to be true, I am telling you, that what you believe is false. You are not going to love terrorists away.

When someone is sick, we do not tell the doctor to stop killing the bacteria through the administration of anti biotics. And yet, when a community or a nation is infested with terrorists who are equivalent to bacteria, we would like the cure to be flowers and candles. With only flowers and candles, an infected individual will surely die if the bacterial infection is already widespread (as is the terrorist threat right now). So, we tell the doctor to do his/her best (in the case of the infected individual). But why then, do we tell our governments (and ourselves and each other) that love is the only way to fight terrorism?

Love is absolutely not the way to overcome terrorists and terrorism. And I can tell you that I am very sure that they are very happy that you believe that right now!

There must be a balance. A balance of those who wish to light candles and lay flowers; and those whose job it is to shoot guns and detonate missiles.

There are many beautiful poems that have been written to the effect of loving all the bad away. But those are poems that merely sound good; nevertheless, they are empty vessels. Poems and sayings that are empty, useless, and even hazardous. We will never overcome terrorists and terrorist ideology through love and kindness. Never. This (terrorism) is a very lucrative and efficient system that must be eradicated and annihilated from the face of the Earth. Just as the doctor must eradicate every last molecule of typhoid fever or bacterial meningitis.

Please, work with reality and open your eyes. We are not all warriors and we are not all soldiers; however, we don't need to step in front of the paths of those who are. Let us all determine the role we ought to play and then work together towards the healing of our very infected global society.

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