Megan Cornish - In the 1950s, a fear campaign stalked the land. It was the infamous witch hunt of McCarthyism. The enemy then was communists — the Red Menace. Now again, demagogues are trying to whip up panic — this time, Islamophobia. Muslims (or those who “look like” them) are painted as terrorists. Right-wing politicians and preachers regularly condemn and insult the entire religion. Naturally, racism is essential to it, as mostly Arabs are targeted.