Alright, so I'm going to pose a long list of factors and you give me your honest opinion on if you would do this. Let's say you are a tyrant, an overwhelming douche who doesn't care about the people he rules and only does so because he has power to command. Now, for the sake of this argument, let's say that there are a group of "terrorist" in your kingdom surmised of say 3 million people when rounded down. The terrorist are hiding within your kingdom and you don't know where, but you know that if they continue their terrorism then others will pick up their cause and join them. Now, the biggest leap of thought for this experiment, let's say you have a bomb. it is a special bomb, one that will only KILL the terrorists. It only has the power to kill terrorists, however dropping the bomb will blow up your kingdom causing extensive damage to the city but not touching your castle. you know you can put your remaining citizens to work rebuilding the nation in a few short months. Now, do you drop this bomb, which has the power to but may fail to kill the terrorists, or do you let them carry on while trying to hunt them down by other means, even if it means they may continue to gain power and support to eventually overthrow you?