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New counter-radicalization approach makes more sense than bombs and condolences

By Angelo Persichilli      

We need to develop a strategy to counter the activity of the terrorists and deliver a message to the same people they prey on to make them believe that martyrdom isn’t the only answer to their problems.

Angelo Perichilli writes that he hopes Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale will move quickly to create the Office of the Community Engagement and Counter-Radicalization Coordinator. The Hill Times photograph by Rachel AIello
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TORONTO—Terrorism is like the Hydra of Lerna, the mythological monster capable of regenerating two heads whenever Hercules chopped one off. I don’t know how or if Hercules eventually killed the Hydra, just as I am not sure how to defeat terrorism. However, I do know two things that are useless: one is sending condolences to the victims and, second is bombing or sending troops against the culprits. “It is a battle for hearts and minds,” was the headline

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