If the news media gave terrorists the minuscule coverage their numbers and influence demanded, terrorism would decline.
But when hijackings and bombings are given prominent media attention, governments start feeling pressure from their citizens to resolve the crisis and eventually capitulate to terrorists' demands.
Terrorists are not concerned about human rights and human dignity.
In fact, they end up destroying human rights in their alleged fight for human rights.
But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath upon the one who practices evil." This passage of Scripture helps us make an important distinction we will use in our analysis of terrorism.
The Apostle Paul's teachings on government shows that criminals are those who do evil and threaten the civil peace.
But lack of governmental resolve is only part of the problem.
Terrorists thrive on media exposure, and news organizations around the world have been all too willing to give terrorists what they crave: publicity.
Encouraged by their latest success, terrorists usually try again.
Appeasement, Churchill wisely noted, always whets the appetite, and recent successes have made terrorists hungry for more attacks.