This has been an especially busy several days in homeland security. The list of issues and events could be quite long. The following strike me as requiring at least a reference here.
The decision to close the Los Angeles public schools after receiving an emailed terrorist threat was defended by the LA Times editorial board. They wrote, “with the San Bernardino shootings still a vivid memory, and with a somewhat more detailed threat in hand, district officials believed they had little choice but to close the schools. Had anything happened to a student or teacher, the horror would have been unspeakable, a wound from which it would be hard to recover. It’s easy to understand why the district erred on the side of safety.”
New York received a very similar — even identical — threat but decided differently.
“We are born of immigrants. That is who we are. Immigration is our origin story. And for more than two centuries, it’s remained at the core of our national character; it’s our oldest tradition. It’s who we are. It’s part of what makes us exceptional,” the President told new citizens who had just participated in a naturalization ceremony at the National Archives. Given increasing public anxieity regarding immigrants, it was a powerful, even poignant event.
Writing in Politico Michael Hirsh argues that the recent terrorist attacks and even more recent climate deal in Paris reflect the darkest and the brightest aspects of life on our planet. He writes, “The question is whether the political leaders who signed what is being called “L’accord de Paris” were more effective in their efforts to preserve this civilization than the terrorists were in theirs to destroy it. Granted, the climate pact has plenty of holes—the biggest of which is that it is fairly nonbinding—but it still represents the strongest global consensus in two decades on climate change, bringing in nearly every nation on earth…”