Crusader Corner: Killing Terrorist Leaders Is Not the “Magical Solution” to Stopping Terrorism

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Another day, another dead terrorist leader. This time, the dead terrorist guy was Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, killed by a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan, and everyone is cheering, because everyone knows that each dead terrorist leader is, well, another dead terrorist leader.

Mullah Mansour’s death is “an important milestone,” President Barack Obama declared on Monday morning. But it’s a milestone on the road to nowhere.

After all, we’ve passed this milestone several dozen times before. Let’s briefly recap:

  • In 2013, the United States killed Said al-Shehri, the second in command of al Qaeda in the Arabia Peninsula (AQAP). The Taliban’s original leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar, also bit the dust in 2013, though he reportedly died of a non-drone-related illness, and his death apparently made so little difference to the Taliban that no one even noticed he was dead until 2015.

I left out a few dozen other senior terrorist leaders, most of whom were also killed by U.S. strikes, but you get the idea.

Read the Remainder at Foreign Policy

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7 thoughts on “Crusader Corner: Killing Terrorist Leaders Is Not the “Magical Solution” to Stopping Terrorism

  1. That is right. The problem with pre flood people and canaanites and Ninevites and Philistines was being violent. All of them were terrorists. God sent Jonah to have Ninevites repent of their violent ways.

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