Monday, May 26, 2014

Self-portrait of a campus killer

Mugshot taken of Lee Harvey Oswald, taken foll...
Mugshot taken of Lee Harvey Oswald, taken following his arrest. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The videos and writings of Elliot Rodger, the suspect in the UC-Santa Barbara shootings, presents a self-absorbed Sad Sack.

From Lee Harvey Oswald down to this day is a trail littered with pathetic malcontents with egos that are out of sinc with their modest talents.

There are plenty of such sad cases among us.  The challenge is identifying the ones who will pick up a gun and start shooting.  Some experts contend they can be profiled.  Dan Korem is one:

The threats no longer come from Al Qaeda.  As the Obama Administration moves most of the remaining 32,000 US troops out of Afghanistan
more or less marking the official conclusion of America's 13-year "War on Terror," these enraged random actors remain a significant domestic threat.  

Having ended the so-called "War on Terror," perhaps it's time to also end the so-called "War on Drugs."  What have we gotten out of the latter?  An incarceration rate that outpaces the rest of the Western World by a factor of five... and cities that are war zones.  

Perhaps it's time for our government to stop using the word "war," (as well as "Czar," if you please), and begin speaking of drugs and disturbed young men as chronic problems that demand concerted, practical solutions at the community level.

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