Fear of Terrorism Is Pushing U.S. Politics to a Point of No Return

Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz during the Republican presidential debate at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Fla., March 10, 2016 (AP photo by Wilfredo Lee).
Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz during the Republican presidential debate at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Fla., March 10, 2016 (AP photo by Wilfredo Lee).

A specter is haunting American politics—the specter of terrorism. As the self-styled Islamic State added transnational terrorism to its repertoire, it inspired or directed terrorist attacks in both Europe and the United States. There will almost certainly be more attacks to come. The fear of those attacks is adding to the turmoil that already characterizes American politics and, combined with intense political partisanship, pushing the political system in some very dark directions. This is by design: The architects of terrorism deliberately stoke fear, using it to attain psychological effects that far exceed their actual ability to kill or destroy. They […]

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