America Is Not Israel

Andrew Sullivan —  Sep 9 2011 @ 3:20pm

Matt Steinglass compares Israel's and America's counter-terrorism policies:

In Israel, while terrorism itself is not an existential threat to the state or to the Israeli nation as it currently sees itself, it's part of the overall conflict with the Palestinians, which is a potentially existential threat to both. For America, on the other hand, terrorism is not part of any conflict that could conceivably pose an existential threat to either the state or the nation. Ten years after the September 11th attacks, it's overwhelmingly clear that the ideological and military threats posed by Islamic radicalism to the United States are trivial. So at the state level, our response to radical Islamic terrorism should have been less like the Israeli response; while at the private level, our response should have been more like theirs. We pretty much got it wrong on both counts.

Nicely put.