My comment today at “Ordinary Times” (first in more than a year):
You think you want to live in a world where the murder of Americans as Americans, or politically, could be broadcast to all, in connection with the rescue of innocents from genocide, and our response would be indirectly mathematical, while we turned to comedians to handle whatever stray remainders. IS/ISIL/ISIS/Daesh qualifies as an existential threat to the precise extent that failure to respond [directly] would equate with self-nullification. It is only the actual impossibility of non-response that diminishes the appearance of danger.
Aside from the fact that I have nothing against the author Mike Dwyer – and have in fact found him to be a congenial and open-minded ordinary gentleperson – I think the reason I was moved to respond directly on this question of being moved to respond directly was an email from a former participant in these parts that took a similar form, referring me to a Stephen Colbert video on the “supposed ISIS crisis.” I don’t urge anyone interested in a serious consideration of these matters to click on the link, but one minute is probably as good as another of the ca. nine-minute piece if you want to know what passes for “perspective” in certain quarters. The advertisement you may have to sit through first probably qualifies as about as useful on the topic.