How do you turn a terrorist into a regular old citizen? The PLO did it by getting the terrorists to start families. The English did it by showing them what they were missing out on by spending their lives in prison. Bruce Hoffman’s Atlantic article recounts these successful programs for reforming terrorists (link via Ken Layne). I’ve often told people that I think the way to put an end to many of the senseless civil wars and conflicts around the world is to figure out a way to get the participants into the good old middle class. Let’s face it, people with a house, a couple of cars, and a nice little family don’t have much interest in rioting in the streets, shooting at members of rival ethnic groups all day, or being a martyr for the cause.