have said it better.
No more flags of foreign countries posted on
Facebook in a spirit of solidarity. No more empathic Twitter hashtags. No more
empty statements by heads of government declaring that “the terrorists have
failed in their effort to turn us against one another.” No more equally empty
statements by other heads of government expressing their own country’s support
for “our ally in its time of grief.” No more calls for love in the face of
hate, or candlelight processions as a response to murder. No more clicking of
tongues and shaking of heads over the horrible loss of life—as if people had
died in a one-off natural disaster, a hurricane or tornado or tsunami—followed,
after a few days, by a return to normal. Until the next time, of course.
No more attempts to psychologically analyze
every new jihadist—to probe his troubled family or professional life in an
attempt to figure out what “turned him to violence and extremism.” No more
reflexive reassurances that “this has nothing to do with Islam,” that a handful
of bad guys have “hijacked” a “peaceful” faith, and that “the great majority of
the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims are, of course, peace-loving people who utterly
reject this kind of action.” No more slick pivoting to the subject of gun
control, or American homophobia, or whatever other diversion seems useful under
the specific circumstances. No more blaming of Europeans’ supposed failure to
accept or embrace or integrate or employ Muslims, or of Muslims’ alleged
poverty or hopelessness or frustration or alienation.
No more hand-wringing by journalists, as they
stand mere yards from the bodies of the dead, about the possible “backlash”
against Muslims (which never really materializes). No more declarations by U.S.
officials that the mere mention of Islam in connection with Islamic terrorism
is “dangerous” and “counterproductive” because it “alienates” the Muslim allies
and Muslim communities whose help we need in fighting this problem that we dare
not properly name. No more respectful TV interviews with representatives of
“Muslim civil-rights organizations” that have been proven over and over again
to be fronts for terrorism.
No more outrageous lies by government and
media that, almost fifteen years after 9/11, keep so many Americans so
outrageously in the dark about the world in which we live now. No more of the
despicable day-to-day efforts by the same actors to keep those Americans who do
get it in line, to instill in them an unholy fear that, if they dare to address
the problem honestly, they’ll be thrust forever out into the dark—beyond the
realm of decent society, unacceptable, unemployable, unfriendable. No more
societal tyranny by those who (because they’re cowardly, or feel powerless, or
have no sense of responsibility to preserve the precious gift of freedom that
their own forebears fought and died for and have bequeathed them, or are,
inconceivably, unconcerned about the world their own children and grandchildren
will inhabit) treat as enemies not those who seek to destroy them but those who
dare to speak the truth about it.