Abstract Musings

Documenting the random thoughts of a cluttered mind

The Difference Between Crime and Terrorism

William Stuntz explaines why we should not fight terrorism like we treated organized crime.

Kerry thinks America’s seventy-year-long battle against the Mafia was a success story. He is wrong. Tolerating Mob bosses (which is what we did for most of those seventy years) was very costly. Tolerating terrorism – or leaving it to police and prosecutors, which amounts to the same thing – would be a disaster.