On the one hand the terrorist attack in Manchester can be dismissed as just another outrage in the countless outrages to which we have been witness over the last two decades. But it is unique in that the cowardly loser behind the attack specifically targeted young women and girls. I’m not sure that he will be able to be quite as successful a pin-up boy for future terrorist recruitment as previous dim-witted ex-goat herders have proven to be.
But it has also hit a visceral nerve. Men are supposed to be able to protect their women and children, the same women incidentally who are the first to participate in candlelit vigils, supportive hashtag outbursts, and marches for universal peace and togetherness, whatever that means.