If the worst strategy is giving up, then getting down in the gutter with those who insist on trying to kill you (be they independent actors or states) is the second worse. It works best against lone criminals, worst against mistreated societies.
When the enemy lives off violence, what the defensive force may have believed was a strategy turns out to be nothing more than a counter-productive, very short-term tactic. At best, it only gets the defender a moment’s respite for finding a real strategy.
The real strategy is not surgery but addressing the causes.