For all of the talk we engage in about Islamist extremism, it's hard to believe we don't have anything resembling a coherent policy to tackle this menace.
Canada doesn't have its act together on this most vital of global issues. But we're not alone. The United States, for all of its conflicts with al-Qaeda and ISIS along with homegrown extremism, doesn't have a clearly articulated philosophy.
Case in point: The other week the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs committee held controversial hearings on "Ideology and Terror: Understanding the Tools, Tactics and Techniques of Violent Extremism".