I'm still trying to get back to the "real world" after weeks of emotional paralysis :made up of equal parts of grief,helpless anger,guilt, and good old-fashioned depression - so I'm going to keep this short.
There are a lot of things to look at: another Iranian hostage crisis, the sudden popularity of politicians one would hestitate to nominate for dogcatcher; the Illegal immigration problem-(and the raging hatred being fanned by activists on both sides of the issue) ; the efforts to extricate US troops from Iraq at any cost ; the efforts-now hallowed by long-standing precedent- to trash the present Administration at any cost . The list goes on. And on - and on !
We live (as many have lived before) in a difficult and dangerous age . Ours is an age in which 21st Century technology collides (and sometimes colludes) with ideologies rooted in the Dark Ages.
I speak here of "Radical Islam" - a movement that is more radical than Islamic. It is,in fact an almost-Satanic heresy against one of the world's great religions: a religion the West reached accomodation with centuries ago. Radical Islam-while it talks much of Islamic doctrine-is a movement that uses that doctrine in a raw quest for absolute power (much as some of its practitioners once used Communism and Socialism in the same quest during the latter part of the 20th Century.)
One cannot reach an accomodation with Radical Islam. We have been forced -against our will- to confront it,and to displace or destroy it. Formidable as we are , we are still regarded by the Islamists as prey ;and,between predator and prey there can be no accomodation.
It would be easy to throw up our hands in despair - as some have done - and to surrender our very souls to the new Barbarians ; but , for the sake of our children and their childrens' children ,surrender is not an option.
This is the new reality in a nutshell : political gobbledygook and racial turmoil notwithstanding.
Ignore it at your peril.