Political science 1ab3 2017 lecture 9c international terrorism. Treat terrorism as a military threat and respond accordingly. This is the response that the united states ultimately took. Treat 9/11 as a criminal act rather than a military attack and utilize international and domestic judicial mechanisms. Treat the root causes that led to the hostility. Do nothing or at least nothing out of the ordinary (see. The contemporary fixation on international non-state terrorism assumes that this type of terrorism is, in fact, a significant security risk. Mueller suggests that the actual security risk posed by international terrorism is far less (at least in the american context) than is often supposed. According to mueller, evaluating this policy option (doing nothing) requires that we ask a number of questions: More americans were killed fighting in iraq and afghanistan than were killed on 9/11: and of course thousands of iraqis and afghanis were also killed as a consequence of the american invasions.