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Don’t let the terrorists think they have won

With relatives in Cyprus, I read The Cyprus-Mail article: ‘France, foreign leaders to march together in show of solidarity after attacks’ on January 11.
I understand the premise according to the ‘Western mind’ of having world-leaders lock arms, elbow to elbow, in a show of moral support of condemnation of ‘the worst Islamic assault on a European city in nine years’ and that civilised peoples of ‘The West’ would show solidarity so that we won’t be bullied into fear.
On the surface I applaud that expression of a seemingly united front of bravery. Yet if you give a bully – which is really what a terrorist is – a platform to gloat, then, the terrorists have achieved at least in their own minds, a major victory and the added publicity will embolden them even further.
Distorted minds get their own weird levels of satisfaction. Personally, it may sound crass but I don’t think the United States nor any European nation should show any public emotion: no tears, no moments of anguish or sorrow.
I firmly feel that Western society has been lulled into a fetal-position of fear by catch-phrases such as ‘Weapons of Mass Destruction’.
Our globe has lived under threats of a variety of ‘weapons of mass destruction’ since 1945.
My point is; increase your vigilance, increase your security, but go about your daily lives. If the terrorists don’t rip at your emotions, they haven’t won.
But, once the world’s media goes into shock and overly publicises these tragedies beyond just mere reporting then I believe the terrorists have won.
Let’s ignore them outwardly, but be defiant inwardly. Just as in any type of warfare, even dating back to ancient times, an opponent will seek your soft underbelly.
This should be a time for discreet silence, a time for the shield of self-protection, and a time for the sword of punitive-measures for such culprits.
It may sound painful, but ignoring the lunatic will not embolden the lunatic. Let security officials and armies investigate and catch the perpetrators and bring them to justice. That is the only viable approach to deter lunatics from committing more attacks so they cannot bask in the limelight.

James A. Marples, Texas US

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