by Patrick Appel
I've always thought these kinds of situations can probably be sketched with a sort of Laffer curve. In principle, you're going to be able to get the same amount of terrorist violence at two places along a curve of repressive law enforcement: a low-repression point, where the population is cooperative and feels included, and a high-repression point, where the population is angry and alienated but a lot of them are in jail. It's worth expending some effort to try and stay on the low end of that curve.
This sounds a lot like the concept Conor tried to sketch out over last weekend.
We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.