Here’s one strategy for preventing terrorism: slam the door to immigration. Give in to our irrational fears and shut them Muslims out. Put some boots on the ground and wipe them Muslims out. Problem solved.
Giving into our fears arises from a perceived threat to our community. The instinct toward intolerance seems to be, or to have been, a healthy defense mechanism, protecting one’s own community from threats to its survival. Unfortunately, this healthy defense mechanism, one that protects one’s community, has a dark side; it has motivated vicious and even deadly acts of intolerance.