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Wednesday, October 20, 2004

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.