A: Something that would make this effort to combat terrorism more -- to Muslims, at least -- like it was a battle against Muslims.
Why would this be one of the most foolish things we could do? Because it is imperative that the Muslim world understand that this is not against Muslims, that it is not impugning Islam (the world's second most popular religion) but is against radical extremist, terrorism, which is far different from the vast majority of Islam.
This is probably the single most critical thing to accomplish to help mitigate and lessen this problem long term, rather than infalme and broaden it. In a word, the most important thing we can do, is further marginalize extremist elements, and have Muslims understand that this is not a battle against them. The worst thing we can do is anything helps to convey the opposite.
So what did talk show host Mike Gallagher do? The opposite, of course:
We should anybody who is a known Muslim and put them in a separate line. Call it the VIP line! Treat them with respect!Did Gallagher take lessons in how to inflame and provoke and make insanity directed against innocents and the "west" just ever so slightly less insane (still insane, just effecting their view a slight bit in the opposite way that we need to) to a lot of otherwise reasonable people who feel they are being targeted now?
Or is he just a natural.
As practical as this idea might sound to some, if you are a Christian, traveling in either your own country, or abroad, and it turns out that some really radical, fringe, lunatic element of the "Christian Faith" which has nothing to do with you, were to be crazy terrorists, how would you feel then to be singled out in your own special "respect line" which is a double check, for terrorism. (Obviously, not something normally associated with "respect.").You'd feel like you were being singled out (and you would be) and that it was your religion that was being impugned.
That is not good, and undermines what we need to accomplish.
It is, thus, is a terrible idea.
Most experts in this field, happen to agree. Gallagher, on the other hand, a "guest" on Fox, is no expert.