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Crises bring out the best and worst in people, as has been demonstrated vividly this past week by the behavior of President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.Obama showed his best face in Tuesday's news conference with visiting French President Francois Hollande. Obama was cool and restrained, analytically clear and appropriately apolitical in describing how the United States would work with France in combating ISIS. Perhaps most important, Obama embodied America's best self by combating the panicky, anti-Muslim sentiment that's loose in the country following the Paris attacks. Now look at Trump's behavior over the past few days.Trump has done the opposite. Remember, this is a technique that the United States (and most of the rest of the world) now regards as an illegal form of torture.I fear that's so: Professional counterterrorism experts say that America has had relatively few "lone wolf" attacks partly because Muslim Americans believe they are part of the national community.These essential threads of interdependence are what Trump is ripping apart.
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