World leaders did what they do best in the wake of the London attacks. They made trite assurances of unity, perseverance, and shared values. The very same remarks will be made after the next attack and the one after that. The war of words over something we know the name for only avoids facing the truth for the sake of not offending the religion of the killers.
If the crowd of demonstrators at O’Hare Airport last Saturday really wanted to demonstrate against something serious they should have gone into the city. The handful of travelers1 who fell under the net of President Trump’s heightened security restrictions couldn’t compete with the 17 shootings that had already taken place in Chicago since Friday.2 That’s what happens when politics chooses our moral high ground.
The terror attack in Nice didn’t blunt or even distract us from growing racial anger in the U.S. Instead, liberal factions continue to blame police for deaths without trial, evidence, or facts except for what they learn from the media and protest ringleaders. Now we have more officers dead in Baton Rouge. Is domestic terror the new tactic for the civil rights movement?
President Obama likes to talk about the “American idea.” The expression seems to mean something important to him, though his angry talk on Tuesday about gun control and what not to call Muslim terrorists makes one wonder just what that idea is. The venomous, partisan tongue-lashing after 49 more deaths at the hands of radical Islam – an expression we are not supposed to use – was a blame America speech pure and simple.
Every time I hear that a friend is going on a business trip I get confused and have to ask a very simple question: why fly?
Amazing, cheap technology puts people anywhere in the world on top of your desk. Is it really necessary to go through the out of town business ritual? Apparently it is, because no matter how unpleasant the experience we still put up with being humiliated, profiled, and marginalized just so we can be within touching distance of a person we could just as easily talk to face to face on our laptops.
America has always been conflicted about what to do with a majority. Should we stand behind our democratic values, or ignore what a majority wants so we can benefit a minority? Politics, not principle usually answers that question. It has a tendency to create majorities when they are needed to make a point. One of the worst things that can happen with “vast majority” thinking is that bad people are turned into good people.
No, the world does not want to live in peace and harmony. That’s not how it works. People, communities, and nations are all scrabbling for whatever they can get. Some are responsible about it. Some are not. We just experienced the consequences of tolerating those who aren’t. Once the spurious arguments over gun control are out of the way, Americans are going to get comfortable blaming what happened in California on radicalization, a catchall that avoids the truth: this is simply another take on radical Muslim public policy we have seen elsewhere, transplanted to America.
Humanity should not have been shocked by the attacks in Paris. There was nothing outrageous about what happened, even though the one-time leader of the free world chose to cast it that way.1 When America’s leadership decided long ago to publicly deny the direction Islam was so obviously taking, what did that portend for the civilized world?