Tragedy in Paris, but Myopia in America

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16:  French and U.S. flags fly at half mast outside the New York Stock Exchange in honor of the victi
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: French and U.S. flags fly at half mast outside the New York Stock Exchange in honor of the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris last week on November 16, 2015 in New York City. Trading was also marked by a moment of silence before the opening bell. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

The horrific attack by ISIS in Paris on Friday, November 13th means that 2015 will end similarly to how it began -- with the barbaric killings of Parisians at the hands of Jihadists terrorists. 2015 has been a very difficult year for Paris and for France in general, and the prospects for 2016 aren't looking so bright either. One distressing tertiary effect of this attack is that, because of the similarities to the Charlie Hebdo attack in the first week of the year, many in the American media and political class have easily fallen into the same responses, cliches and positions that they did in January. This may be unavoidable, but it also reflects a growing inability of any of us to think differently or accept new ideas or arguments as we desperately try to solve one of the most pressing policy and security issues of our time.