Yesterday: failed car bomb in Times Square. Tomorrow, and for a number of days after: endless chatter in the media and elsewhere that does nothing to solve the problem but a lot to distract people from having to honestly deal with it.
How did this happen?
It’s the government doing too much of the wrong things or not enough of the right things because of the left or because of the right or because of the independents.
It’s those Christians (whatever the term means); it’s those Muslims (ditto); it’s those Jews (double ditto); it’s those Hindus (triple ditto); it’s those Buddhists (Buddhists? Really?)
It’s those gay people; it’s those straight people.
It’s whatever. It’s them, not us; it’s you, not me.
Whenever I hear the babble begin, I think of the quote by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn from The Gulag Archipelago:
“If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?”