We have to get over our hang-up about profiling Muslims.
The mass murder of 49 people at an Orlando nightclub on Sunday should precipitate as big a rethink of how we fight terrorism as 9/11 did. Let’s try to learn the right lessons this time.
First and foremost, we’ve got to wipe the floor with ISIS. Although the Islamic State caliphate in Iraq and Syria appears to have played little if any role in our nation’s largest-ever mass shooting, that’s precisely what makes it so dangerous (imagine if Hitler or Stalin could have summoned German and Russian Americans to autonomously plan and carry out mass killings). We should do what we can to prevent rival Sunni jihadists or Iranian-backed Shi’a militiamen from filling the vacuum, but we can’t let fear of what comes next dictate policy.