- New York City:
A bomb went off at a Marine recruiting center in Times Square at about 4:00 this morning
- Denver, Colorado:
The Denver City and County building was evacuated this morning, after a bomb threat
- Davis, California:
420 Students in 8 buildings at UC Davis spent the night in dining hall after someone noticed students making a pipe bomb
It's early days: it's possible that the bombing of the USMC recruiting center in Times Square, a bomb threat in Colorado, and college kids making a pipe bomb in a dorm room have nothing to do with the War on Terror.
Possible, but not likely.
This reminds me of the sixties, when
- Relevance ruled
- The moon was in the Seventh House
- Love would steer the stars, and
- Terribly earnest, peace-loving students were setting fires and planting bombs
I shouldn't be surprised: quite a few of those campus activists probably
- Got their degrees
- Got a job at a college
- Stayed in one place long enough to get tenure
- Are now dedicated to spreading the gospel according to Steinem, and teaching that there is no problem, real or imagined, that can't be blamed on (white, male, Christian) America
An important difference now is that I don't see the virulent hatred of the American military which I remember as a mark of the sixties. There's the occasional individual who makes cracks like 'Marines: the few, thankfully,' and a city council here and there that doesn't like big, rough soldiers on their turf: but that's the exception. In fact, that "the few" post isn't on the Web, now.
Why the difference? Here are some possibilities. Today:
- Americans get information from The New York Times, the alphabet soup networks1 - and thousands of independent online sources
- Everyone under thirty, who was born in America
- Has lived with fallout from the Woodstock generation - and kids aren't stupid
- Wasn't raised by parents who, with the best of intentions, were raising their kids with "expert" advice while keeping up with the Joneses
- Authority isn't respected as much as it was in the early sixties: People are less likely to accept some crazy pronouncement, just because the person making it has a title, or is a college professor (Ironic, isn't it?)
1"Alphabet soup networks" - my name for the venerable triumvirate of ABC, CBS, and NBC, together the people's network, PBS.