Since we opened the Friday Free Forum it has been my practice to tee-up the discussion with brief historical references to natural, accidental, and intentional events that happened on the same date. The cumulative effect on me has been reassuring. Bad — very bad — stuff happens, always has. Despite my cognitive inclination to catastrophize the present, it is not necessarily worse than it has ever been.
This week my scan for July 25 has not quickly turned up the typical collection of calamities. (Deeper digging might find them.) But right now we are dealing with:
A deadly intersection of drought and wildfire across the Western United States.
The unfolding consequences — human, political, and much more — of the downing of MH17. Beyond the debris field in Ukraine it has been a very bad week for commercial aviation.
Serious challenges to several nation-states by non-state and pseudo-state actors and the sustained use of state violence against several civilian populations, religious communities, and targeted ethnic groups. A spillover to the US domestic context is already happening and is likely to increase over-time.
What’s on your mind related to homeland security?