More than 60 men, women and children died in a Kenyan shopping mall where only moments earlier they had browsed for books, toys, coffee and clothes.
Mourners wailed amid caskets stacked outside a Christian church in Pakistan after a pair of suicide bombers killed at least 70 people.
Images from these latest attacks should dispel any notion that the war on terror has been won. It will continue until terrorists learn that their despicable tactics are fruitless in advancing their agendas.
First, the world needs to make certain these attackers face justice. Second, terrorists need to understand that such horrors won’t accomplish what they intend. Rather, it strengthens the resolve of the people of goodwill who stand against such outrages.
Terrorist groups that think civilized nations might abandon their moorings for the illusion of security underestimate the civilized world’s capacity to fight back. Governments will gather intelligence while working to do so within the confines of cherished civil rights. Citizens will remain vigilant while going about their daily lives.
Wars are fought with might and flash, but most are won with a people’s resolve.