How do you stop an ideology with an army? Deterrence theory suggests that having a bigger stronger might will not only win the war, it will stop the conflict before it begins. The aggressors know that the damage they will sustain is too big a price to pay. This commonly accepted strategy works for rational governments which understand consequences or at least cares about them.

The problem is that regardless of the odds those that have little to lose and don’t value life as the West does commit acts of atrocity, especially when they are willing to sacrifice their lives and believe they are martyrs to forward their ideas. This concept is not new, we only have to go back to WWII and remember the Kamikaze attacks against American battleships and carriers.

Unfortunately, this is not a battle of arms, it’s a battle of ideas. Terrorist groups have managed to spread their crazed ideas in many different countries including Europe and the U.S

If the combined intelligence and military might can’t stop the spread of terrorist ideology, how can terrorism at home be stopped? Many advocate tolerance and understanding. They say, “Don’t ostracize the religious minorities, let them immigrate, embrace them and promote our morality.”

Then we witness another terrorist attack, hear the same rhetoric, and are told that all is well, we are safe, and to go about our normal routine. That has a very hollow ring. .


1. Different problem requires a different solution. Desperate times require desperate measures.We are at war, treat it as such.
a. Think dirty bomb or chemical release. Think trucks, shrapnel bombs, & knives ; all used as weapons by a terrorist.
2. No amount of security and prevention will deter or stop a deranged religious zealot who has become radicalized and does not care about the terrible consequences his act will bring.

1. Take out the families of a terrorist. Arrest them. Constitutional problems here, but this is war. A different set of laws are required to protect Americans. Remember Japanese internment camps? Italian and Germans?
a. The authority is the Alien and Sedition Act signed into law by President John Adams. 1798. Repealed and morphed into the Alien Enemies Act. 1802 and codified by Woodrow Wilson in 1918.

2. Seizure of assets, bank accounts and incarceration after a thorough investigation of complicity. Modify the arraignment process to increase the holding period. When the families of an offender know that their financial and personal freedom is at stake, there will be much more advance concern before one of their sons can act. They will tip the authorities off when forced to save their own skin.

3. Implement a ban on Muslim immigration from the Middle East and Africa until each and every applicant is vetted with extreme caution.
a. Plenty of precedent for this. It is not against the constitution. Rulings by a few far left wing liberal judges should not deter President Trump from pursuing this ban.
b. Under U.S. Code, the president does have the statutory authority to keep anyone out of the country, for any reason he thinks best. Per 8 USC §1182.

“Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.”

c. The Obama administration issued an executive order to ban the same 7 countries in 2011.

4. A Web Crawler program targeting markers in social network would yield a list of potential lone wolfs.
a. Internet hotheads burn to tell outsiders of their plans.
b. Unlike racial profiling, this method would be color blind.
c. Increased of unrestrained intelligence to ferret out terrorist cells.

5. Give law enforcement broader search and seizure powers where hate ideology borders on radical Islamic Jihad.
a. Cell phones, computers and social media are fair game for seizure and investigation.

6. Increased surveillance and intelligence on American Mosques where Muslim youth is turned in the wrong direction.
a. Review the curriculum of Muslim mosques. The right kind of education can nip some Jihads in the bud.

7. Follow through on funding and developing a Muslim coalition so that those countries can assist in stopping the Jihad at its roots. It’s a Muslim problem and needs to be addressed by the Middle East Arabs. Starts with Saudi Arabia and ends with Iran.
a. Funding of terrorism must be stopped, Iran is the key. Sanctions, embargos, and most of all an Arab coalition that will stop Iran from future funding.

8. 16473665_1627822887527053_1040845318438974727_n[1]16298746_1627840000858675_8093826883377711490_n[1]Refugees must be placed in camps geographically close to the source. That means Saudi Arabia, where there is a permanent tent city that holds 3M people; complete with a/c, plumbing, power, and a mosque. Used only 3 days per year. It’s an Arab problem, let them solve it or surely the terror groups will begin to pick easier targets.

9. A US led coalition of all the Arab states to snuff out ISIS will cut their source of funds and inspiration off. This military solution will bring peace to Iraq and Syria which is a start toward resolution of the Mid East problems. Recognition of Israel is a must to stop the fighting between Israel and Palestine. While # 9 seems tangential to the lone wolf, there are so many contributing factors, must recognize them all.