Taking Cultural Editing Notes From Terrorists

The New York City Police Department issued a disconcerting report recently called, “Radicalization in the West: The Homegrown Threat.” In a nutshell, investigators and researchers concluded that the most serious threat the nation faces come from small groups of disaffected men who become radicalized.

The Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan noted the report in her latest column, and seems to blame our culture and American values for inviting attacks.

The view we show of life to ourselves, and to whatever lost young men are watching, is not broad and inspiriting. It is limited and dispiriting. It is every man for himself.

We make it too easy for those who want to hate us to hate us. We make ourselves look bad in our media, which helps future jihadists think that they must, by hating us, be good.

It's not only bewildering, it's also part of a blame-Americans-first attitude that conservatives keep embracing.


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