In this case, if the action of "Launch a major terrorist attack in CONUS" results in "Everyone in your group and everyone allied with your group gets utterly obliterated and has to spend the next two decades in desperate hiding and fear of a random missile finding them at any time", then the potential benefits of "Launch a major terrorist attack in CONUS" are significantly reduced relative to the costs.
Originally Posted by csbrown28
Agreed that CT is not a holistic solution. But we are unwilling to absorb the costs of a holistic solution, and so that is the solution that (at current and for the forseeable future) we will use.
Try to think more than 1 layer deep. If you eliminate today's threats, what about the next generation of children that grow up hating so much they are willing to strap bombs to themselves just to kill innocents?
Your "revenge" doesn't deal with that problem, it only makes it worse,
...The KGB has adopted novel, brutal and apparently effective methods of dealing with terrorists who attack Soviet interests in the Middle East, an Israeli newspaper reported Monday.
The Jerusalem Post said the Soviet secret police last year secured the release of three kidnaped Soviet diplomats in Beirut by castrating a relative of a radical Lebanese Shia Muslim leader, sending him the severed organs and then shooting the relative in the head....
Parts of the man's body, the paper said, were then sent to the Hezbollah leader with a warning that he would lose other relatives in a similar fashion if the three remaining Soviet diplomats were not immediately released. They were quickly freed.
The newspaper quoted "observers in Jerusalem" as saying: "This is the way the Soviets operate. They do things--they don't talk. And this is the language Hezbollah understands."...
Violence and power are languages that this part of the world understands and respects. You aren't going to get to the soft-lovey-feel-good parts unless you first establish that you are willing and capable of murdering everyone that chooses to oppose you.