Before the tragedy in Orlando is reduced to a feel-better-about-ourselves commemorative hashtag, exhortations that we not let it impair our ceaseless quest for diversity, and the false virtue some find in blaming ourselves first, last, and always, let’s place the obligation for an answer firmly where it belongs: upon the American left.
What are we to do about the threat posed be radicalized Islam? Liberals, the answer at this point is yours to provide.
You see, you’ve made it clear that my voice has no place in “civilized” political discourse. Even if it did, you’ve instructed me to keep quiet because I, as a white male, can’t feel “intersectionally” aggrieved the way your constituency groups pursue their perpetual victimhood.
When I’ve offered solutions, you’ve denounced them as racist, jingoistic, xenophobic, and Islamophobic. Suggesting that we confront the threat using military force abroad has caused you to label me an imperialist; you’ve chanted things like “no blood for oil” and “Bush lied, people died” in the streets to denounce me while making heroes out of people like Edward Snowden, Bowe Bergdahl, Julian Assange, and Bradley/Chelsea Manning.
Incident after incident – whether abroad or at home – has provided direct, up front proof that the threat is real, that it’s existential in nature, and that when it isn’t dealt with appropriately, innocent people suffer.
Orlando, Paris, San Bernardino, Moore (Oklahoma), Belgium, London, Boston, Madrid, Istanbul, Ankara, Beirut, Egypt, Tunis, Tel Aviv, Dhaka, the list goes on. Isolated incidents, workplace violence, hate crimes, mass shootings, “it could happen anywhere”, “if you see something say something”, lone wolves, “the world is less violent than its ever been”, you’ve told us each time. And then you’ve manufactured crises to capture the public’s attention in between each terror attack – Black Lives Matter, the Fight for $15, gun control, public restroom equality, Harambe’s rights, to name a few.
The alleged terrorist in Orlando was Omar Mateen. He was born in the United States to parents who were originally from Afghanistan. After 9/11, Mateen’s terror attack is the deadliest to occur on US soil and the only one thus far to explicitly target one of your aggrieved constituency groups — the LGBT community.
So, before we all make our obligatory posts to social media and engage in the rote conversations we’re way too familiar with, it’s necessary to recognize that Orlando wasn’t isolated and that it will be followed by another attack at a time and place of terrorist’s choosing. Terrorists have that luxury. They only have to get it right once for the effect of their actions to be felt across our society.
Liberals, it’s time to climb down off the police cars you’re destroying at Donald Trump rallies and to stop pretending that the arc of civil rights extends from Rosa Parks to the Stefoknee Wolschts of your number. Stop diverting attention towards failed something for nothing economic pipe dreams, and the notion that the weather poses a bigger threat to the world than radicalized Islam.
Then remember, we have to get it right every single time. That’s the only way we stop terrorist attacks before those attacks are unleashed upon us.
Answer the question liberals: what are we to do about it? You didn’t like my answer, so what’s yours?
PS: A relative of mine frequents the Orlando nightclub Omar Mateen attacked. Fortunately, he wasn’t there at the time of the attack and is safe. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said of many people my relative knows well in the Orlando area.
Image: Screen Shot courtesy of http://www.myvidster.com/video/67719310/Orlando_Nightclub_Shooting_At_Least_50_Dead_