Early this morning I received the following note from a friend and colleague. He has made a couple of edits since I asked his permission to post, but nothing substantive has been changed.
The situation in Nepal deserves sustained attention. It has already disappeared from most broadcast media. I also know that supply chains are “your thing.” Still, given the key place of terrorism in homeland security, it’s a problem that HLSWatch has not even made mention of the Sunday shooting in Garland, Texas. Not even links?
Garland also strikes me as a story especially well-suited to your point-of-view. Two equally dark and angry forces encounter each other outside Dallas. There’s got to be a quote from Niebuhr or Eliot or Aristotle that would appropriately frame this collision of self-righteous hubris? How about some meditation on the deadly violence visited on the self-conceived Salafist heroes? Does one pistol against two automatic rifles a hero make, or is something else going on?
If you are known for anything, it is for flushing out the idiocy that travels with self-certainty. Two tribes of idiots met in Garland. Where does that leave the rest of us?
The writer has asked I protect his anonymity.
Mostly I agree with the critique. I especially like his questions. I wish I had the perfect quote on the tip of my tongue. In addition to the situation in Garland, there have been important issues related to the Tsarnaev sentencing process, French counter-terrorism policy, Syrian military operations, the civil war in Yemen.. and lots more. I apologize. Mostly it is a matter of time. But it is also a matter of what is getting attention elsewhere. My basic approach at HLSWatch is to amplify, aggregate, analyze, and sometimes advocate. At the very least I want to amplify important issues that are not getting much attention elsewhere. Weirdly, that has very quickly included the situation in Nepal. And my friend is right, I have a particular interest in how networks behave under duress.
I will make this offer: When HLSWatch seems to be absent on an issue, I would welcome receiving a missive in the comments that might be escalated to the front page (as here). Not promising anything. Some days I don’t even look in after 6AM. But a diversity of topics is absolutely welcome.