"Since 9/11, foreign-inspired terrorism has claimed about two dozen lives in the United States. (Meanwhile, more than 100,000 have been killed in gun homicides and more than 400,000 in motor-vehicle accidents.) One crucial reason the number of terrorism deaths is so low is that America does not have large pools of alienated immigrants. Polls repeatedly have shown that Muslim immigrants to the United States embrace core American values. The American assimilation machine continues to function well."
But according to Zakaria, Europe is doing even better than the US at integrating Muslims:
"Over the past two decades, [Boston College's Jonathan] Laurence argues, European countries have recognized the dangers created by their indifference and have sought to integrate Muslim migrants. Governments at all levels have engaged with Islamic communities, taking steps to include Muslims in mainstream society but also to nurture a more modern, European version of Islam. In effect, many governments are now dealing with Islam as they have other religions, creating Islamic councils, providing funding for cultural activities, representation in public forums and being mindful of religious practices and holidays."
Hey, who cares if there's a budget deficit! If you don't want another Boston Marathon massacre, cough up some cash to fund Islamic cultural activities, like they do in France and Germany.
"The better the relationship with local Muslim groups, the more likely they are to provide useful information about potential jihadis.
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Rather than ostracize or embarrass Muslims in the wake of Boston, the smarter move would be even greater outreach — so that the next time someone began to act strangely, community leaders would pick up the phone and call their friends in the police."
So, I'm asking all of you to invite a Muslim to dinner, but watch him carefully, and if he acts strangely, call 9/11, oops, I meant 9-1-1.