The problem with a heavy hand approach to dealing with internecine grievances is that tentative measures don’t work. They only make the situation worse.
If you really intend to use suppression to make the world a safer – and presumably better – place, you have to be prepared to go the whole nine yards or not at all. That means being prepared to slaughter upwards of millions of aggrieved people and imprisoning thousands more with chronic attitude problems in vast rehabilitative archipelagoes where they can’t stir up any trouble. There are numerous historical templates which could be referenced for the working details.
Only then will you be able to get real results of ultimate containment and control you seek which suppressing a few news stories will barely make a dent in.
I’m with Richardm on this one myself though. I think if you peeled back all the layers of these “troubles” we’re currently embroiled in you’ll find a sense of grievance fueling the conflict – as usual – and not the easier answer of irresponsible journalism encouraging some sort of suicidal copycat behaviour among impressionable Muslim youth.
So if you’re just not prepared to kill or imprison all those people who see themselves – rightly or wrongly – as victims of injustice and thereby eliminate the terrorist “fuel cycle” at its source, then the next best solution would be to try understand the source of that grievance and see if there’s any way you can eliminate it without compromising yourself. Otherwise, just be prepared for a long downward slide into bestiality.
That process of understanding and firm but fair balancing of rights, in a nutshell, is one of the pillars of civilization which supposedly differentiates us from our barbarous ancestors.