There are a lot of reasons to be afraid of fanatics. They are willing to die for what they believe, and they want to take as many unbelievers with them. The religion they subscribe to isn’t really the issue in my opinion. What is, is that their blind faith denies the possibility of others to believe what they want.
Both Canada and the United States are proud of the fact that they shelter and encourage freedom of religion. This freedom extends to those who want to destroy us. Ironically, the laws that these fanatics are fighting against, are the same ones that ensure they will have a fair trial when they’re caught (if they are still alive).
A recent internet article admits that American officials are afraid for a summer of terror. Terrorism is a horrible but effective way to breed fear in a population. The casualties are low, but the fear of attack is very high. There appears to be no rhyme or reason as to where they will strike, what time of the day, who will be targeted, etc.
In World War II, you could be pretty sure that the bombing runs would occur on munitions factories, railroad tracks, bridges, and other strategic points. Terrorists target homes, markets, schools, any places that people gather.
How does a society continue to live without allowing fear to take a stranglehold? How do you carry on with daily life without letting it effect you? How do you reach out to a group of people that wants to eradicate your way of life? How do you make apologies for an atrocious foreign policy? These are the types of questions that the United States especially will face over the next term. Would you want that job? Whoever earns the presidential election will have a heck of a job to do!