Another innocent human being was murdered by al-Qaeda, and another American President issued the usual response of informing the world that he considers such actions as a violation of international norms of behavior. Since 9/11 when President George Bush promised the nation that he would get the evil leader of al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, it has become a new custom that America (1) issues and angry statement about the act, (2) promises that all evil doers will be murdered, and (3) adopts a somber and threatening tone to utter these remarks. What is the reality
1. Such comments please al-Qaeda leaders because they provide evidence that their actions are hurting the enemy.
2. Nothing changes, people will be killed. Sorry, that is reality.
How about responding with silence? That response would, at least, confuse al-Qaeda.