We’re seeing a resurgence of terrorism, particularly in Europe. I’m choosing my words generously, since most reading this will feel that it never dissipated. Fair enough. I’ve seen over the years increased efforts to have surveillance, security checks, improved metal detectors, greater airline scrutiny, and greater regulations in crowd control and airline travel. The problem is that law enforcement has to do its job right every time to prevent terrorist acts, while a terrorist only needs to do his (mostly his) job only once.
Logically this is a problem since as the amount of surveillance and defense increases, life becomes more and more uncomfortable for civilians, while terrorists only need to go to where the surveillance is the weakest. And in a world with 7 billion people, it’s not hard to find such a spot.
REASONS FOR TERRORISM
The solution, I feel, lies in identifying the reasons terrorists are incentivized to join terrorist groups, namely ISIS, and then countering those reasons. I won’t go into the reasons in depth, but from what I’ve read it’s related to the promise of a better economic life, drugs, self-empowerment, and personal support.
SOLUTIONS TO TERRORISM
Countering those motivating factors might entail a foreign policy that helps further the economies not providing satisfaction to its civilians. Anything beyond that is beyond my expertise, though a sense a good foreign policy committee could come up with some great ideas.
Terrorism is global. So any solutions should be made in concert with other countries, primarily those with a mindset similar to the United States.