What every 'eye for an eye' American misses on this issue is that taking action contradicting the moral standards we appreciate as a nation is only a short-term gain. This viewpoint doesn't surprise me, though; we're becoming an increasingly short-sighted bunch.
Vox strikes me as a Conservative Idealist. I can respect that. At least on this issue, Sowell sounds like just another 'eye for an eye' conservative that I hear chattering away on a daily basis.
Vox never once offers ideas on what to do if we are indeed in a survival situation, and Dr. Sowell doesn't even attempt to address the slippery slope of casting away morality and liberty in the name of security.
Casting away morality and liberty in the name of security means the eventual death of American principles. Vox's approach may lose a battle or two, but Sowell's will eventually lose wars and makes us no better than our ideological enemies.