• A serious pacifist approach can't win wars against enemies whose only program is violence. That doesn't mean I think the US has fought terrorists so wisely most of the time since 9/11. But there are some enemies that need to be destroyed by force lest they destroy much much more.

    "Ask the Author Live: Philip Gourevitch on Osama Bin Laden". The New Yorker Live Chat, May 4, 2011.