Monday’s attacks in Brussels left at least 31 dead and hundreds wounded. The rhetoric from politicians and presidential candidates, some fanning the flames of Islamophobia and some addressing only the law enforcement and intelligence aspect of the issue, seem to miss the point.
If we are to fight a war against violent extremism, we must do so in a way “that does not allow us to be dragged down into the wholesale hatred that our enemies practice.”
Brad Hirschfield is the co-founder and co-executive editor of The Wisdom Daily. A rabbi, Brad has been featured on ABC’s Nightline UpClose, PBS’s Frontline, Fox News and National Public Radio. He wrote a long-standing column, “For God’s Sake,” for the Washington Post, and has also written for The Huffington Post and Beliefnet.com. He authored the book, You Don?t Have To Be Wrong For Me To Be Right: Finding Faith Without Fanaticism. Brad also serves as President of Clal, The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, a leadership training institute, think tank and resource center in New York City.