Unless something more is uncovered in the investigation, I do not want to make Newtown a homeland security story.
There may be analogies, implications, and such. Many of us no doubt immediately thought of Beslan. But I want to frame and name this massacre as something else. I’m not sure my wanting has good cause, but that seldom stands in the way of blogging.
A friend and colleague is inclined to ponder the ontology of homeland security. In this case, I am arguing a categorical distinction.
For me Newtown ascends beyond homeland security to a question of fundamental ontology. There are some expressions of reality we ought not try to narrow and dissect. There are moments that claim our paltry best to engage as whole.
If you have 51 minutes to listen, I find this radio discussion unintentionally relevant to the situation in Newtown — and to other aspects of reality I am more sanguine to include in homeland security. Please listen to: Presence in the Wild.