DAILY CALLER — The New York Times has published a profile of Russia’s anti-terrorism tactics that contains an awkward admission: Donald Trump’s controversial proposal to target the family members of terrorists has a strong record of success in suppressing Islamic terrorism.
“When you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families,” Trump said during a December 2015 interview. “When they say they don’t care about their lives, you have to take out their families.” Trump later denied he was calling for the killing of terrorists’ families, but instead simply meant the U.S. should “go after” terrorists’ family members.
Trump’s comments have served to fuel claims that he is too dangerous to be allowed into the Oval Office. But while his proposed strategy could be illegal and morally wrong, that doesn’t necessarily mean it would fail, the Times’ research suggests.
Since the fall of the USSR, the Muslim-majority region of Chechnya has had a long-running insurgency against the Russian government, including many incidents of terrorism. Russia hasn’t shied away from using brutal methods to keep terrorism in check, and according to Andrew E. Kramer of the Times, it’s often been effective.