While I may not agree with your stance on terror, I appreciate the detailed response to my knee jerk comment. I obviously misjudged you when I rather rudely labeled you a "capitulator". My apologies.Capitulation? Saying I'm against this "war on terror", is not saying "well we should never ever use some sort of violence against a terrorist group". I do believe sometimes violence is justified. I was against sending troops to Afghanistan. However I was in favor of selective strikes at Al-Qaeda targets/camps in Afghanistan. I was 100% against the Iraq war.
However I think part of this report sums it up perfectly on what should be done:
"Firstly, by setting national security above human security objectives the West has – whether directly or through proxies— too frequently responded to the threat of ‘terrorism’ with the use of violence. Such violence has, all too often, been indiscriminate, and has had a tendency to exacerbate conflict dynamics rather than contribute to sustainable peace. Secondly, counter-terrorism eforts and related actions taken under the label of ‘stabilisation’ and ‘statebuilding’ have often failed to address drivers of conflict in meaningful ways. In fact, they often clumsily reinforce the most serious drivers of conflict – especially patterns of abusive and exclusive governance and corruption. Thirdly, the Western response has typically neglected to focus on sustainable solutions to conflict that involve and respond to the concerns, priorities and potentials of conflict-afected people in constructive ways.....
In particular, military force should not be used simply to demonstrate the resolve or power to retaliate in response to violent provocation—indeed, military responses of this kind often play into the intentions of ‘terrorists’.
Significant eforts are also needed to strengthen adherence to international humanitarian and human rights law by international actors and those they co-operate with: torture and indiscriminate
use of violence are not only wrong in principle – they also deepen the grievances that can fuel violence and make sustainable peace much harder to achieve. Demonstrating full accountability for irresponsible use of force and abuses that have taken place is vital to eforts to minimise grievances."