It is a very hard thing to say. We as Americans do not recognize defeat, as we have rarely faced the creature in real life. Many point to Vietnam, but the difference there was that we were trying to export our culture. Now, we are faced with the prospect of another culture forcing itself on us.
So, the question we must ask is not so simple. If we were losing this cultural war, would we know? Are we losing this war? It seems that as more attacks occur, and more lives are lost, we have to ask such questions.
Even before the attack (on Nice), top U.S. security and intelligence officials were issuing a steady drumbeat of warnings about groups like the Islamic State aiming to hit western targets, part of what House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mike McCaul called Thursday an “unprecedented wave of terror.”
Following U.S. terror attacks in San Bernardino and most recently Orlando – coupled with attacks over just the last few weeks in Istanbul, Baghdad, Dhaka and Medina – U.S. officials see a spreading threat that must be confronted, differently than it is now.
“We have to stop this,” retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn told Fox News on Friday morning.
But how do we stop this? We are being told that there is an increase in terror attacks because of the increased pressure on ISIS. If this is the case, what will happen if ISIS is destroyed? What can we do to stem the flood of terror that is set to break on us?
Trump and now many others are calling for the closing the door on Muslim immigration and beginning of deportation. And this on the surface seems good until we ask where these people would go. We cannot get Mexico to take back their own people who are here illegally.
I wonder if this is how it felt to live in Rome around 400 A.D.?