“Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing nearly 150 innocent civilians according to reports. The overwhelming majority of the victims were students at the school—children and teenagers in grades 1-10. This cowardly act was carried out by the Pakistani Taliban or TTP. For years, the Pakistani military cut deals with the TTP to avoid long hard battles and messy political infighting. This is the reason why you cannot negotiate with terrorists. The TTP should have been wiped out years ago when it was in everyone’s interest to do so. The world should track down these child killers and eliminate them. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the grieving families who experienced loss in this terrible tragedy.”

Poe is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Non-proliferation & Trade.