Regarding Barbara Risacher's recent letter on the war on terror, the least attractive option is to fail to respond forcibly to terror — a view the writer apparently favors ("New thinking in war on terror," Feb. 26).

Unfortunately, our answer to the numerous terror attacks against both the U. S. and its allies has been both diffuse and inconsistent, leaving the door open for future outrages.

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A new policy is required, but it must be one of confrontation rather than acceptance. The enemy recognizes only one reason not to resort to terror, and that is an aggressive U. S. policy that demonstrates the downside of terrorism for any adversary who attempts it.

Nelson Marans, Silver Spring

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