Terrorism is an international problem
The terrorist attacks in London and Manchester the last couple of weeks, along with the major incidents in other European countries, show that terrorism is an international problem. The U.S. is not the only target.
President Donald Trump is right when he says the radical islamic ideology shared by the worst terrorists is a danger that must be stamped out. How exactly that is to be done is another question.
The president wants to put a ban on travel by anyone from the countries where this ideology most thrives. He is battling with the courts, trying to pressure even the Supreme Court justices to allow his travel ban.
But ideology doesn’t have to travel through airport customs or border checkpoints. It is spread, person to person, through social media and the internet. The Islamic State can reach sympathetic people in the United States and turn them into “soldiers” willing to go out and commit terrorism without needing specific orders.
In order to contain this ideology, we need to work with our allies, figure out a way to block the Islamic State and other hateful groups from using the internet for recruitment purposes, and try to work for peace and justice in the countries where this ideology is rooted.
The United States has been, in the past, looked upon as a leader in this battle. Trump’s comments to our NATO allies during his overseas trip and his continuing insistence that have to keep ourselves safe by closing our borders to people from predominantly Muslim countries is signifying that the U.S. is not interested in being a leader in this battle.