Thursday, July 28, 2005

Realistic rules of engagement in the War on Terror produce results

Within days of Britain's demonstration of a shoot-first-ask-questions-later policy against suspected suicide bombers the IRA renounced its military campaign in favor of political action only. Even though an innocent man was killed the result of a good faith police decision to shoot, the government stood it ground on the policy.

The UK's strategy now places America in the enemy's crosshairs. Without an iron clad exemption from criminal prosecution and civil suit for good faith decisions to shoot to kill suspected terrorists, the police will be less aggressive for fear of being "hung out to dry" should fatal errors occur.

We also lack an effective interrogation policy for "ticking bomb" terrorists. Those are suspects the authorities believe in good faith possess knowledge of an impending attack. The stated policy is just reading them their right to remain silent. Millions could perish in seconds in a terrorist nuclear attack from that kind of airy-fairy policy.

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