There have been loud calls to be "ruthless" and to "bomb the s**t out of them." I understand these sentiments, because I have felt them myself. But then what? Human beings are biologically wired for to be judgmental, self-defensive, and vengeful.
While bombers and aircraft carriers need to do their stuff, the problem of terrorist-related violence will not be solved by force alone. President Hollande must also engage with his alienated Muslim community with the same determination he has shown in attacking ISIS and win them over.
Maybe it's time to really look inside ourselves and question where this irrational fear is coming from. Are refugees okay as long as they're European? Is that it? Do we draw the line at race? Or is it religion?
It wouldn't be the worst idea in the world, if we got rid of all the churches, temples, mosques, and others houses of worship, and deconstructed and did away with all the organizations, foundations, and associations.
No one has the right to make any of us feel afraid because of the incitement of hate and acts of terror. The overwhelming majority of people only want to live in peace. We do not want our children and grandchildren to live in fear.
Violent extremism knows no particular faith. It is rather a perversion of the human condition, and must be dealt with as such. It is important that we refrain from demonizing Muslims without cause -- not because it is good for Muslims, but because our future ability to eradicate the menace of terror depends on it.
Turkey is not a full-fledged dictatorship. Its civil society is perhaps the most vibrant it has ever been. It holds free, albeit not fair, elections regularly and citizens have a chance to change their governments peacefully.
You don't even need to have the sound on, just take a look at what Saba Ahmed is wearing on the "Kelly File" as she joins Trump's national spokesperson.
The Abrahamic faiths can come together. It has happened in history -- Andalusia was, on balance, a time of true interfaith harmony. It happens today in friendships between top scholars and leaders of Judaism and Islam. And it can happen on a global scale.
Islam doesn't inherently make people violent or peaceful. Like virtually all religions, it depends on the meaning it's given by individuals or societies.
PARIS -- Mainstream French society has been divorcing -- emotionally, racially and territorially -- from the other France, the France of Muslims and descendants of former French colonies. The far right, the Front National Party, which is blatantly anti-Muslim, has never been so high in the polls. French society needs to stop the Muslim bashing that stokes resentment and instead listen to the legitimate grievances of its Muslim community.
Hours after the Paris attack, the fiery rhetoric emitted in France was reckless. President Francoise Hollande promised a "pitiless" counter-offensive. Within a day, France launched massive airstrikes against the ISIS targets in Syria and Iraq.
One response in one corner of the world came on Sunday, November 15 in the form of a service of words and music by Muslims, Christians and Jews at San Francisco's Calvary Presbyterian Church which this writer was fortunate to attend. It is, in all probability, exemplary of other responses across the planet.
Tying Muslims to ISIS also assumes that Islam, at its core, must be about violence and oppression. With no other religion do we assume that its most violent or intolerant practitioners are its most authentic representatives.
The Paris attacks reignited an argument we have been having for a long time. Religion, particularly when twinned with nationalism, is to blame for division, terrorism, violence and war. Not just Islam. Religion. And I agree. True faith consists of one thing and one thing only: love.
What is it about this particular threat that gives it such inordinate emotional power, far beyond the danger that it actually poses to most of us. Why does terrorism terrorize?