Terrorism ends when the causes of it are addressed, typically via diplomatic means.
Greenwald has a point. After all we all remember how successfully we used diplomacy to bring an end to causes of terrorism back in….
…well, I mean sometime we must have…
…nope, on second thought, diplomacy has never brought an end to terrorism.
Greenwald tries to sell the myth that terrorism represents the desperate acts of desperate people. In fact, terrorism is the tool of power-crazed sociopaths who exploit any pretext in order to murder their way to wealth and power. Terrorists stop only when their leadership is directly threatened, killed or stripped of the ability to attack. When terrorist groups show up at the bargaining table it is only after they have been pushed to the brink of extinction.
Many naive observers point to the IRA as an example of terrorists brought to heal by “diplomacy”. However, the IRA only gave diplomacy a chance after it had been pushed to the brink of extinction. The end of the Soviet Union cut off the IRA’s major source of funds, training and weapons. Covert British operations that began in the ’80s to penetrate the IRA finally bore fruit in the early ’90s, leading to the capture of an estimated 75% of IRA effectives. Most telling for Greenwald’s case, the “causes” of the IRA’s terrorism were never “addressed”. Northern Ireland looks substantially as it did when the IRA was fighting.
There are no “causes” of terrorism against Israel that can be “addressed”. The cause of the conflict lies in the lust for power by the leadership of the various terrorist groups targeting Israel. They gain power and wealth (Arafat died in Paris with a Nobel Prize and a personal fortune estimated in the hundreds of millions) by manufacturing a conflict with Israel. If Israel grants concessions, the terrorist leadership will simply claim that their attacks drove the Israelis to make the concessions and that if they attack some more, they will get more concessions.
We should remember that for nearly three decades people like Greenwald claimed that if Israel merely ended the occupation of the Palestinian territories it would get peace. Instead it got human bombs and rocket attacks. Ditto for the withdrawal from Lebanon.
Terrorists stop for only two reasons: (1) They win and graduate to despotic rule (Mugabe), or (2) they’re physically prevented from acting. Israel has decided to go for reason (2). The rest of us should hope it succeeds.