Excuse me for re-stating the obvious.
We can't defeat terrorism, so more then we can defeat hatred or win a war on drugs.
These are fundamentally stupid notions, advanced by those who own the printing presses and stand to gain from these nonsense crusades.
What (all) we can do about terrorism is:
1. Acknowledge and correct the underlying hatred that drives terrorism. For example, the hatred towards America in the Middle East. We all know why it's this way, we just don't talk about it.
2. Bolster the International Court with a police force and the mission to go after international terrorists.
3. Rid the world of the weapons we created and now we fear so much. How stupid is that?
4. Use our knowledge and resources to build goodwill around the world. That is, lead by example.
Juan Cole on the #%$@(%& Cheney
Remember Rachel Corrie