Now we know: There is no safe place, including in a museum. The world is caught up in a cultural conflict between Western and Islamic values. Both groups are convinced they are right.
At any time, anyone, powerful or ordinary, can be the target of fatal violence.
The young gunman, who was murdered by the police, presented himself as a terrorist. His mission, he cried out, was jihad. Here is The New York Times article the Drudge Report links to.
There is no telling what this murder will do to the already-charged relationship between Russia and Turkey.
Meanwhile, on the domestic front - here in the U.S.A. - there are also two cultures. The two groups are those loyal to Donald Trump and those who label him a dark force. Both are convinced they are right.
But underneath the ideologies there are simply human beings. I live in Trumpville, that is, rural Ohio. Once there were the booming industries of coal and steel. Now there are lost aging white men. Unlike what anti-Trump forces claim, they are not angry. Rather they are sad. Once they had houses and trucks. Now they rent. And drive old cars.
They and I talk about our dogs, our health and the cold weather. To my surprise, politics never comes up.
What comes back to me are the words of Rodney King: Can't we just all get along ...
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