The current version has a death toll of a hundred thousand and counting. Who knows where and when it will end and whether, thanks to Hezbollah, al Qaeda/al Nusra and assorted similar maniacs, it will wash up on our shores?

Meanwhile, Iran (Syria and Hezbollah’s mentor) has a new “moderate” president who evidently was involved in the bombing of the Jewish Center in Buenos Aires that killed 85. Rouhani (this new president) also credits the Mahdi — the Shiite messiah whose renewed presence allegedly signals global conflagration — with his election. Furthermore, his son apparently committed suicide when he heard his father had signed on with the corrupt and fanatical Khomeini regime. Rouhani sounds about as “moderate” as Goebbels or Himmler.

Egypt, of course, is a madhouse and about to go under martial law and, just yesterday, what the New York Times calls “militants” (but the rest of us call the Taliban) dressed up as paramilitary police and murdered ten foreign mountain climbers, including one American, in North Pakistan.

And we all know about the Boston Bombers.

It’s endless, actually. But suffice it to say I’m not so keen on dismantling, or even much curtailing, the NSA. The IRS perhaps, but not the NSA.

Still, we have to figure out how to balance this. The Founding Fathers would have had no inkling of Ayman al-Zawahiri and his fanatical ideology (wait, I take that back — Jefferson might have), but we do have the Bill of Rights for a reason. We are defending something other than the right to shop at Costco.

I don’t have any answers. But I do know we have to talk about this urgently and publicly. Unfortunately, our president doesn’t seem to see this as pressing. He prefers to address the ever-important issue of “climate change.” Heaven help us.

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