S:     Look at these pictures, the men who attacked the Army Public School. These faces are like the hundreds we see every day, you can’t look at somebody and tell how delusional they are. I don’t even pity them; I’ve grown to hate these faces.

A:     Simmer down, I understand your anger, but it is misplaced, these people aren’t the real culprits they are victims too, these poor guys didn’t even have a chance; the chance to become free thinkers or more tolerant. They were born in an extremist society and raised that way from early childhood. The men who indoctrinate them are the real villains, they are the one who has caused this; turned helpless boys into killers.

S:     I know you mean well Ameen, but this sort of empathy will be our downfall. We need to start holding people accountable for their decisions, not giving them the benefit of the doubt because they were influenced by other people. By your logic we should hold the Pope criminally liable for the spread of AIDS in Africa. It is his stance that discourages the use of contraception, leading to the spread of the disease. Tell me Ameen, would that be fair?

A:     What a ridiculous comparison, your analogy may be correct in an abstract sense, but in the real world they hold little water. In your case the people are responsible. They can make choices based on free will, having access to all different opinions. A terrorist is physically constrained in an indoctrination facility; his choices are moulded from childhood. This is direct, the influence is much greater.

S:     And the Pope’s proclamations are not influential for a poor African tribesman, whose only salvation rests in a nearby church or seminary? There are no hard and fast distinctions in your argument. One instance of influence is culpable, the other is not. My view ignores this hurdle and holds people accountable for their own actions. That is the only way that ensures nobody has excuses.