The truly important thing, surely, is not to lose anyone *else*.
The problem with collective punishment is that, rather than lancing the boil, or sterilizing the infection, it merely increases the rate of necrosis. Unless you are prepared to exterminate every one of them--Athens-and-Melos-style--the resentment you create with your response will drag more people into the conflict, each new combatant motivated by a specific, personal grievance.
Holding aside all questions of morality, it's simply ineffective. Unless you're prepared to embrace genocide.
On Apr 21, 2013, at 4:10 AM, Erin J Carney <[address removed]> wrote:
Have you lost anyone to Terrorism?