McCormick: War Against Islam "The Worst Thing We Can Do" After Paris Attacks

Nov 18, 2015

More than 120 people are dead in Paris after a string of terrorist attacks late last week, including one American. The attackers have been identified as Muslim extremists, and one of the terrorists is said to have gotten into France by posing as a refugee.

Now governors from 27 states, including Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, are barring Syrian refugees from entering their states. During this hour of River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks with Wayne Moyer of Grinnell College and Jim McCormick of Iowa State University about the attacks and about the political posturing taking place in the U.S. as a result.

McCormick says that barring refugees from entering the country is a mistake. “The worst thing we can do is make this a war against Islam. That’s just going to fuel the terrorists,” he says.