The Muslims in this country have to cooperate with law enforcement to identify the jihadists among us, so we can be protected from them. Otherwise, at some point, the threat of spontaneously-arising jihadists from the Muslim community will convince us that we need Muslims to pass through metal detectors or otherwise be made secure from them.
Now imagine the same paragraph rewritten to feature anti-abortion Evangelical zealots [who target abortion providers for murder]:
The Evangelicals in this country have to cooperate with law enforcement to identify the anti-abortion zealots among us, so we can be protected from them. Otherwise, at some point, the threat of spontaneously-arising zealot assassins from the Evangelical community will convince us that we need Evengelicals to pass through metal detectors or otherwise be made secure from them.
I have not written about Fort Hood because the torrent of words so far has not facilitated understanding and guided sensible future policy--it has simply reiterated the simplistic mirror positions of opposing political camps.
Fort Hood was lone-wolf domestic terrorism.
So was the assassination of Doctor George Tiller.
Both killers spawned from a religious culture whose edges are tinged with the dangerous extremism, whose uncensored voice is the unfortunate but absolutely necessary pre-condition of a free society.
Go back and read the first paragraph, which tells you that our fears will lead us to cower behind metal detectors while burying our convictions that the Bill of Rights is essential, not simply preferred, in a free society.
Robert Heinlein often said that you could not coerce free people, only kill them.
Part of me is glad that he is no longer alive to see the cowards taking over.