We were devastated to read of the terrorist attack in the City of Love last week. Paris is one of the world’s most beloved cities. The thought of innocent people enjoying an evening of leisure only to be slaughtered by murderous fanatics was enough to bring tears to anyone’s eye.
It’s clear that once again the West is locked in an existential struggle with religious fanatics seeking to impose their version of holiness on a culture built on personal liberty. It’s just not going to work.
While it’s sad that the Tree of Liberty has to be fed with the blood of innocents and tyrants from time to time, it’s the price we pay to live in a free society.
We urge governments to view this conflict as an intelligence and law enforcement issue as opposed to a perpetual state of war. War brings overreaction, during which all too often liberty is sacrificed for security.
We need not remind you, dear reader, of Ben Franklin’s admonition about sacrificing liberty for security. Or do we?
Will inordinate fear breed irrational views of faithful Muslims? Will we eventually overreact, much like the Iraq war that somehow grew from a drive to punish those responsible for 9/11?
Perhaps the second most tragic result of the attack on Paris last week is this week’s overreaction by right-wing governors who are seeking to refuse Syrian refugees coming to America from the unfathomable violence ISIS is perpetrating in that fractured country. One hundred years of legal precedence means the governors can’t refuse refugees accepted by the federal government.
But as we’ve seen with guns, same sex marriage, and even the Starbuck’s Christmas cup, many of those who cling to irrational notions built on outdated beliefs will do anything to have their remnant of a world view justified.
The rest of us cling to hope and the notion of a better world tomorrow. !
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