|"Not tonight, Captain, my number's up."|
In the Star Trek Episode "A Taste of Armageddon," people are chosen by lottery to become casualties in an endless computer-generated war. The leadership of both sides have their reasons to believe it is better to have citizens simply report for execution than face a real war.
As police still search for a motive in the San Bernardino shooting, and the thing our attorney general fears most is anti-Muslim backlash, the Bear is reminded of that episode.
Watch MSNBC reporters conclude we'll never learn the motive in this video worthy of Luis Bunuel. (Investigators say the female Muslim posted on Facebook pledging allegiance to ISIS leader Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi. But run-of-the-mill workplace violence or a drug deal gone bad can't be ruled out.)
However, it has been decided by the powers that be that the benefits of denying the dangers of Islam outweigh the random loss of life. These benefits are primarily psychological and political to our leadership, plus, ostensibly, economic in Europe.
Anyone who disagrees with the leadership is subjected to the powerful shaming apparatus built into our culture over the last several decades. The Bear has no doubt that eventually civil or criminal sanctions will be added. Facts do not matter. Resistance is futile. It is impossible to elect the kind of leadership it would take to resolve this problem. You are on your own. For those able to do so, it is your patriotic duty to carry a concealed weapon. We must all be alert and suspicious.
Is your number up today, citizen?