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Tom Del Beccaro on Homeland Security

 

 


Terrorists believe in terrorism; we can't persuade them

Americans also need to recognize that it is human nature to try to explain--and hope to correct--others' actions through our own experiences and values. [But] Genghis Kahn ravaged a continent, not thinking he was "bad"--just being the person his culture trained him to be. Attila the Hun, Mao, and Stalin believed in their goals. No amount of civility or American values would have persuaded them to be decent or lay down their arms. If history tells us anything, amongst its lessons is the fact that there are people who are evil and will do anything for power. If we understand all of those lessons, we can also understand that when someone tells you who they are, why they are doing something violent, you should take them at face value-- especially if what they do is a common occurrence. In other words, we need to stop disbelieving the terrorists who fervently believe in their means.
Source: Washington Times OpEd on 2016 California Senate race , Jan 14, 2015

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