At the heart of justice is the desire to treat people always as ends in themselves and never merely as means to an end. It is for this reason that terrorism - whether by individuals, groups or government forces - can never be justified.
Acts of terror always treat people as means to an end. Terrorists are often motivated by a hatred of humanity. Every one of us is affected when terror is enacted because terrorists never care about who may become a victim.
How then do we stop terrorists from carrying out their acts of injustice? This is one of the most important questions of our time.
The reason for this blog post is the recent terrorist bombing in Newry in Northern Ireland. That bombing affected me personally, even though I live on the other side of the world. I have relatives who live near Newry and my mother catches a bus from Dublin airport to visit them. The bus stops in Newry where that bomb went off:
BBC News - Sheer miracle
No-one has the right to cause terror. All forms of cruelty are unjustified. No person is a means to an end. These are basic statements of fact.
Do I know how to prevent terror and cruelty? Do you?