Let us never forget Dallas, July 7th, 2016. Be in no doubt that this was an urban terrorist attack, as surely as if it had been carried out by ISIL. In this case, the race, religion, etc. of the attackers has very pointedly not been identified by the authorities, but it's quite obvious from the context what they must have been. Hint: They weren't white Swedish Lutherans.
May the souls of the five officers who died rest in peace. May the injured officers recover fully. May those who shot them suffer condign punishment, in this world and the next.
Richard Fernandez put it well:
The security system of America is trust, which manifests itself in legitimacy which in turn makes it possible to govern a huge nation largely on consent. The mistake was to believe it was possible to play the identity card endlessly, to set one against another, to destroy trust -- without consequences.
The public is suddenly face to face with the realization that the solid status quo is a fragile facade that might at any moment dissolve into something unrecognizable. It's a veneer masking a crumbling structure. Donald and Hillary are not freaks. They are monsters from our Id. If any proof were needed that the discontent sweeping Europe and the United States is all too real, that the can has reached the end of the road, it may be provided in the next few weeks.
Dallas leaves the Narrative with no place to go. What'll it be? Withdraw the police from the streets? Crack down on the usual suspects? Announce this was the work of that Jayvee team, ISIS? Close the borders? Confiscate the guns? Call in the FBI?
Or maybe we can listen to another speech about how hatred is on its last legs? There's nowhere to turn without admitting failure. Or perhaps we can just change the subject and talk about the war on women and Christian hatred? What'll it be? It's always worked before, maybe it'll work again.
For once the Narrative will find this can't be spun, though it will try, this time in the growing realization that lies may only make it worse, as the former lies have worsened things till now. The roots of discontent run deep. The status quo has been living on borrowed money and borrowed truth. It is now living on borrowed time.
As for the inevitable calls to ban "assault weapons" that are sure to follow in the wake of this shooting - like hell! If I've got to shoot back at attackers like that, I want to do so with a weapon that at least matches theirs, and gives me the best possible chance of prevailing!
Furthermore, I strongly and urgently suggest that Black Lives Matter and similar organizations should be very, very careful from now on about how, when and where they organize their protests. Such events are now likely to be regarded as a target-rich environment by more than just extremists. Almost the entire American public is outraged . . . and some of them are unlikely to hold back in their expression of that outrage.