TERROR is winning so far.
I won’t comment on the merits of this Virginia school incident; one version is reported for us in the Washington Post. I wasn’t there so readers need to determine the veracity of the news outlets.
But let’s look at the reaction. This micro-pebble tossed into the mass media pond didn’t merely ripple the surface, it surged choppy waves, necessitating a decision to shut down schools in the entire county, not just the one high school where the class met. We are reacting in superficial knee-jerks to incidents that start with one click, one phone message, one package left at a bus stop and result in effects such as the closing of LA city schools. It doesn’t require much to generate such a result.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO SHUT DOWN THE SECOND-LARGEST SCHOOL SYSTEM IN US?
There must be rejoicing in Raqqa, Syria, the de facto capital of ISIS. No terrorist need fire another round. Save radical extremist explosives for blowing up historical religious antiquities instead of suicide vests. The West, notably United States, squanders more resources in reacting to false positives than in trying other means toward creating solutions.
“We have met the enemy, and he is us.”
Here’s my concern, and a question: what is this COSTING America in terms of productivity?
This is a chess game, not checkers, and it may be that terrorist strategists have a long game plan, one that employs attrition as the primary weapon, not bullets and boom-booms.
How much has the warfare US laid in the Middle East cost us?
And how much more will it cost as veterans require extensive medical and psychological treatment, many for the rest of their lives?
How about the suicides, the substance abuse, contributed to in part by experiences of those defending our freedom?
What is being ignored because this country chooses to load up the defense & homeland protection budget at the cost of fundamental needs?
Checked infrastructure lately in the cities? Sewer/water/highway/bridges? Are they maintained & repaired.
Where does US rank in healthcare among the developed world?
Where are the jobs that keep workers earning middle class paydays?
Is the quality of primary & secondary education allowing young Americans to prepare for global competition? You’ve heard the meme: “If you think education is expensive, consider how much a lack of education cost.”
I see this as a war of attrition, with the West, specifically our United States at risk with more to lose. This shouldn’t be measured in terms of 2016 dollars, but in REAL COST over the decades to come.
“This is the way the world ends…not with a bang but a whimper.”
TERROR is winning so far.