Well, imagine that. The local TV news reported that the GAO said some monuments are “at risk of a terrorist attack.” Who wudda thunk?
Seeing as we’ve been fed terrorism studies like a Strasbourg goose gets its lunch, I realized I’d gotten the message and resented the idea that we’re supposed to internalize it. I’m not saying there’s no global conflict, but excuse me if I absent myself from the predictable repetition of half-facts.
I really wasn’t watching the news; it was in the background. Even so, something in me snapped and I turned off the set. Since we’re perpetually at Code Orange in Washington, where’s the news?
I’m giving myself a holiday, or perhaps more aptly, a reassignment. I will listen to terrorism news when there’s substantive commentary that is able to produce a thoughtful response, and will turn off everything else.
My sanity and mind — perhaps my soul, and perhaps yours too — demands nothing less.