Americans need to stop disbelieving the terrorists


The terrorists struck again, and some Americans, such as Howard Dean, once again refuse to believe them or their purpose. In foreign policy, as in life, it is often wiser to take at face value someone’s pronouncements as to who they are—especially when they make their point with a gun. Rather than wring our hands in self-blame over causation, Americans must truly understand the motives of terrorist regimes.

After the Paris terror strike, former Vermont Governor and one time Democrat Presidential contender Howard Dean said he had “stopped calling these people Muslim terrorists.” Zbigniew Brzezinski, former National Security Adviser for Jimmy Carter, chimed in and said, in effect, that we need to avoid giving them a reason to dislike us.

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