The New York Times editorial board responded to a wave of terror attacks that washed over Brussels early Tuesday morning by begging its readers to reject the rhetoric of billionaire businessman Donald Trump.
The appropriate response to the attacks, which have so far claimed the lives of 34 people, is "courage and steadfastness in the face of a threat that will take many years to eliminate," the board wrote.
"It emphatically does not mean hysterical fearmongering of the sort promptly voiced by politicians like Donald Trump," they added.
They continued, emphasizing again efforts to combat terrorism require that civilized nations step up their counterintelligence programs and security infrastructures.
The one thing that we cannot do, however, is behave like Republicans.
"The impulse after a barbaric attack is always to rein in civil liberties and freedoms. In the United States, the Patriot Act hurriedly enacted after the attacks of 9/11 led to abuses of the surveillance powers granted to the government," the editorial board wrote.
They continued, adding, "In the wake of the Brussels attacks, Mr. Trump was quick to renew his calls for keeping Muslim refugees out of America and for a revival of torture, while his rival Senator Ted Cruz called for police patrols in Muslim neighborhoods in the United States."
The problem with suggestions like this, they explained, is that it's exactly what the terrorist want.
"But such measures only serve the terrorists' end, which is to weaken Western society by spreading fear and panic, turning citizen against citizen, feeding xenophobic sentiments and further alienating and radicalizing Muslim youths," the board wrote. "Changes to security, policing and investigative practices are necessary, but they must be made cautiously, after serious debate and with due regard for civil rights and the law."
"The Belgian people and their European neighbors have responded to this latest act of murder with solidarity in sorrow and determination to persevere. Authorities must do everything in their power to apprehend the perpetrators and to defend against more such acts. But the response to terrorism must also be a reaffirmation of core democratic values and a rejection of demagogues and xenophobes who would exploit public fears and tears," they added.
The Islamic State took credit Tuesday for the multiple attacks in Brussels.