HALLOWEEN ATTACK LATEST
SKIRMISH IN RELIGIOUS WAR
At a press conference held about two hours after the Halloween truck attack in New York City, Governor Andrew Cuomo commented that this terror incident was intended to “break our spirit.” Mayor Bill de Blasio called it “cowardly.”
In short order, various news personalities were observing that the perpetrator was “sick,” “deranged” and or otherwise inexplicably unhinged. Even Donald Trump picked up that theme in a post-attack tweet.
Likewise, in the first hours after such an occurrence, when the authorities are trying to sort out what has just happened and are saying very little, I can forgive news reporters groping for any explanation in the absence of facts.
But the sameness of all these reactions is telling.