The New Yorker has articles about complex issues but are so well written one can understand at least some of what is involved.
In the current issue terrorism is discussed. It’s about whether or not we can ever expect to be out from under this threat. In this country believe we can “fix” things.
We invaded Afghanistan and Iraq to “fix” those countries. They fixed us instead.
It’s peculiar what we decide to “fix”. We could fix the 40,000 deaths a year from car crashes. We could fix the now even larger number of deaths from drug overdoses.
But to stop car crashes we’d all have to drive slower. For a mere 40,000 lives it’s not worth it. The drug problem would require new religion and political thinking. For just 40,000 lives, forget it.
We lost 3,000 lives over a decade ago. That is only 300 a year.
We need to stop thinking we can eliminate terrorism. We can only contain it.