To prevent people from climbing the staircase to terrorism, educating people about the values of tolerance should start early.
The effects of terrorism in one country spill over across national borders to reduce the trade of other nations. This reduction in trade is long lived and may make it harder to combat terrorism.
Not every terrorist hostage taker will be open to hostage negotiations. But everything we know from psychology tells us that some of them might be.
To the terrorist, children have become but a means to an end. Weapon and target.
If Al-Shabaab maintains its hard stance, the possibility for dialogue will continue to be remote and Somalia's government will be forced to intensify the war on terror through new strategies.