Lexington is a weekly in-depth look at the United States in the Economist magazine.
Commenting on the rejection of gun control legislation after Newtown and the likelihood of any changes in immigration law following the Boston Marathon bombings, the writer of the column included the following observation:
“. . . after living as a reporter on four continents Lexington is confident that America is distinctively conservative, and that this is strikingly apparent in the country’s responses to violence. Atrocities are deplored, mourned and debated, for sure; but they do not reliably trigger a consensus that society must be remade so that they never happen again.”
(April 20th, 2013)
IOW, don’t expect any changes. America will stay the course.
From the American Thinker, April 22nd.
“As I read the media coverage and listen to our politicians and security forces’ bland comments and self-congratulations, my anger is rising. I do not hear any resolve. I do not hear any interest in making sure there are no more Islamic bombings of America.
“Our President praises the public for not being terrorized, then lectures us not to “rush to judgment” about the bombers’ motivations and “certainly not about entire groups of people.” Translation: we’re not going to talk about the jihadi war on us. Hope for the best. Do not pay attention to the problem of Islamic imperialism.
This is what I want to hear:
There is much that can be done to make sure there is never again an Islamic bombing on American soil and we will do it. We must confront the ideological reach of murderous Islamic imperialism into our immigrant communities. We will review our immigration policies to make sure we are not issuing residency permits and citizenship to national security risks. We must reform the laws governing FBI investigations of potential terrorist recruits, so Homeland Security and the FBI can effectively monitor individuals who visit jihadi websites and join local jihadi mosques.”
(We are not serious about stopping Islamic terror by Karin McQuillan)
“Islamic terrorism is considered a social problem in Europe. Ask an expert and they’ll talk your ear off about unemployment, racism, overcrowded housing and the same long list of reasons used to explain urban crime. The United States is slowly coming around to that same point of view.
“Forget the great debate between whether people kill people or guns kill people. The conclusion reached by most governments before your grandfather was born is that social conditions kill people.”
“A tribal war in Boston” by Daniel Greenfield, the Jewish Press, April 23rd.