Do you act out of love or out of fear?
I typically agree with much of what David Brooks has to say. However, I'm afraid that he was way off the mark with his article "How Covenants Make Us." Demographic diversity in the United States is a good thing. The problem has to do with the lack of integration and assimilation of demographically diverse communities.
Consider the response to terrorism in Paris. Paris held vigils, the public stood together, the world supported them, and
"The fat lady just sang."
It's no wonder the West has been quick to give up on and to forget the liberal, cosmopolitan youth that fueled the Arab Spring of recent years -- a demographic that hardly fits into the Western view that everyone in these countries is primarily characterized by religiosity.
This week, school officials in Alabama put a 5-year-old girl on a suicide and homicide watch after she pointed a crayon at a kindergarten classmate and said "pew! pew!" Yes, this is real.
If the past is any indication of what could result out of this "mission," the U.S., the nation leading the way with words, guns and treasure, is likely to fail simply because every time it has gone there it has made things worse.
The upcoming 2014 congressional elections and the 2016 Presidential/congressional elections are a time of opportunity. The majority in this country are tired of cultural warfare. The vocal minority may be ruling but they have failed at governing. Sometimes war is necessary but it is always destructive and never sustainable.