We all found ways to distract ourselves, delude ourselves, convince ourselves that there were more pressing challenges—challenges that just happened to be more familiar, less complicated and more comfortable.After Orlando, for example, it was far easier for the U.S. president to pivot to a pet issue like gun control and hate crimes than battling terrorism.The free world is long past wake-up calls, red flags, game changers, and new threats.The West is in the middle of a war it doesn’t want. And the longer the West watches while the global Islamist insurgency surges on, the more terrorism shifts from an inconceivable, unacceptable horror to the banality of evil.To not fight a just war against Islamist transnational terrorism is to allow evil to chip away at the sanctity of humanity.Now the Obama administration will hold a summit of foreign ministers in Washington to discuss battling ISIS. It’s awfully late in the game for that, but this is an administration that has tried to win a war by ignoring it.That’s not how war works. Whether the blood is running on the streets of Nice or in a club in Orlando, this is war.It’s aimed at us. And we must fight back.
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