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It's a Bloody World After All, Orlando Edition

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With this weekend's Orlando massacre of at least 50 at the Pulse gay nightclub, let's add another fatality. Tha's the death of the fantasy that we alone here are the ones safe from terrorism. Those who fantasize that the 9/11 attacks were one-off can bury that, even if they'd pretended the other mass murders hadn't happened.

This morning's murders and woundings (another 50-some) were certainly domestic terrorism. They are extremely likelyk to be found to be anti-gay hate crimes as well.

Our magic shield of pretending each of these events is by a lone wolf won't protect us anymore than concomitant delusions. Oh, if we only had more gaurds or sanners at all buildings or more armed guards or if we somehow kept this or that class of tourist or immigrant out, all will be well.

We can't return to safe, halcyon days. Those didn't exist. I'll start with a quick recap of the past 200 years of U.S. domestic terrorism. The stereotype enemies like Germans (WWI) or Japanese (WWII) or Muslims (right now) are jive and extremely rare. Instead we have to deal with the monsters around and among us. 

Yeah, yeah, the French, English, Israelis and Russians got hit more frequently and sometimes earlier, but we can stop pretending we are on homebase andd OK.