Our need for a show of strength has consistently led to making situations worse. Maybe we need some mass cultural therapy to address that need for power actions and words. Ultimately, it promotes an extremely unhealthy environment where violence is glorified...even inside our individual communities.
I fear that whatever happens in Syria and Iraq is going to make little difference with the cultural violence going on in Europe. The raw idea of Black Sites and Guantanamo for the "right people", rather than taxi drivers and mistaken identities, is so very tempting. Stripping extremist Imams and youths of their passports isn't out of the question. Maybe making them apply for asylum in Sharia nations from the isolation of a 4x10 cell room? See where that gets them? "What, none of your glorious Islamic brothers want you anywhere near them either?" I churn through ideas on this and only come up with fantasies.
The only way I can avoid panicking for Brussels, the UK, France and Holland (where the most active extremists communities reside), is through rose colored glasses that see the cultures of Europe itself are still largely winning. No matter how many Muslim toilets are installed in public buildings, the young aren't using them. I wish the UK would quit buckling under the pressure to hate itself, culturally speaking, quit assuming the US identity as far as war and economics are concerned and regard itself as something unique as a place to live, breathe and enjoy rather than bow to the cultural demands of one fucking religion or US paradigms. It can be done. I've never met an African or Caribbean British citizen who wasn't proud of their British education and fine British spoken English and actively retain all of it while in the USA.
At least the French understand it's a certain act of revolution to enjoy being French to the core, not as a aggressive action, but as a beautiful independent culture. Brussels needs to step it up.