If it was as simple as being sure Muslims were the only terrorists things would be much more simple, wouldn't they? We could be more relaxed about our home-grown student demonstrators, more selective about who was banned from carrying toothpaste on to a plane - and perhaps all in agreement about stopping women wearing the burqa. But we'd have to abolish (or at least severly cut back) a multi-million dollar industry: the massive force that we employ to ensure our security (ha,ha!). And many folks would have to give up the their perverse comfort in having a belief that horrible terrorist beastie-creatures (along with immigrants, maybe?) are the source of all evil. I'm not saying that acts of terrorism should be disregarded. But we EMPOWER the sponsors of such deeds when we pump up people's fears as we've been doing! The statistics - and probabilities - of any of us being subject to an act of terrorism is minimal. Our scaredy-cat culture makes it possible for Fox News to suggest that there is a Muslim in the White House (the President!) and that the government subsidizes terrorists through the welfare system and health insurance. Meantime thousands of young people are recruited for military and police forces to protect us - and their presence may be more likely, statistically, to cause the deaths of many more innocent people around the world. We need to consider the terrorist as a character to be feared in the same way as the drug-dependent desperados or the crazy, compulsive boy racers, to be dealt with individually (yes, even if they are part of a group). And we need to criminalize those who sponsor or otherwise motivate our social monsters, for behind the folks who do the deed are people who are there for the money - yes, even those who claim religious inspiration - and (of course) the folks who invest in arms. And finally, we need to stop identifying our opponents, our community nay-sayers, and our strange neighbors, as potential terrorists. I've just published the book RETIRED TERRORIST, proudly identifying myself as having acted on few far-out ideas in the pursuit of what I consider to be justice (it is on sale at www.trafford.com). I just hope I haven't misjudged how vitriolic the terrorism-chasers can be! Will they be coming to get me? Honest, I'm NOT A MUSLIM!