Lots of quick reactions by everyone, mostly demonstrating the power of confirmation bias. This event has not changed most people's policy prescriptions. And, yes, me, too, as my focus has been on humility, the theme of 2015 at the Spew. That whatever we do, we should not over-react, that our past responses have not been especially successful, so doing more may not produce more security.
More attention, of course, to Paris than to Beirut, Baghdad or elsewhere. Why? For all kinds of reasons: racism, familiarity, identification (the west feels attacks on western places more directly than those elsewhere as we identify more with the victims), connections (victims include Americans, folks from other European countries, etc). One can focus on the ethnocentrism dynamic, but that too is confirmation bias. Events like these resonate for all kinds of reasons, and the media seem to be able to focus on one event at the time, so this has crowded out the other attacks, the coverage of the college protests, the bombing of the Russian plane, and everything else.
Anyhow, take everything everyone says with a giant grain of salt... as my students do:
|Student art from Poli 244, circle 2008|
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