Remember all the talk after 9/11 about a battle of ideas? The notion that we were in a contest over the values that underpin civilized society? Despite regular wake-up calls–whether it’s scores of school children murdered in Pakistan, mass killings in Syria and Iraq, the atrocities of Boko Haram in Africa–we somehow lost sight of that.
From time to time, the inhumanity of extremism stirs our conscience, especially when it is not just on distant shores, as in Boston in 2013. But for the most part we are untouched by the attacks taking place every day.The above excerpt was originally published in The Washington Wire.