After the latest attacks in Brussels, Christopher Dickey, a senior American journalist based in Paris, was alarmed. What alarmed him was not the homicidal hatred of Muslim terrorists or the Islamic State's demonstrated ability to wreak havoc in yet another European capital. No, he was worried that "rampant Islamophobia" would only increase because of this attack, and "make it more and more difficult for Muslims and Arabs to integrate into European society. The level of suspicion is very high, and that translates into xenophobic politics. The kind of thing we see with Geert Wilders in the Netherlands, or Marine Le Pen in France, or the really, really fascist Nazi parties in... Greece. So I think all of that translates into a situation of more and more of a cultural divide. Harder and harder to integrate people. And then that, of course, will be used for more recruiting by the jihadists."
It's a longstanding concern for Dickey. After the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, he worried that "the right-wing politicians" in France were "going to do their best to take advantage of it and probably successfully to further divide this country"; his MSNBC interviewer Tamron Hall echoed his alarm, claiming that a "tsunami of hatred may await Muslims." They must both have been disappointed, for no tsunami of hate rolled in, and those "really really fascist Nazi parties" never made a goose-stepping appearance.