The only though that went through my head, was if the medicine is only making the symptoms of the disease worse, why continue treatment? The way in which terrorism has been used to justify the further marginalization and racialization of people. The tactic used by people like Cheney are not there to build a better world but to dominate and control the one we have.
I remember in first year Environmental Science, my professor put up this quote by Vegetius (Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus):
"Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum." - If you want peace, prepare for war.
This is how our world operates, we fight to be the strongest- not necessary strong. He then erased it and replaced the quote with "If you want peace, prepare for peace." Challenging us to think this way in all of our interactions and in our daily life.
It's sad that as Cheney talks about a distant abstract threat and replies with war, Malala Yousafzai faced a real and near threat and faced it with peace.