Where are the U.S. flags?

Published 12:03 pm Saturday, December 5, 2015

A little over three weeks ago, a handful of radical Islamic terrorists believed to be at least sympathizers of — if not openly affiliated with ISIS — opened fire in Paris and killed over 100 people. Millions changed their social media profile pictures to contain the French flag. In Franklin even, the French flag was painted on Armory Field prior to the Broncos’ playoff game against Central Lunenburg. The world mourned. The talking heads and politicians alike questioned our military strategy for engaging ISIS and called for an end to jihadist terrorism.

Three weeks later, a married couple of Middle Eastern descent opened fire on a group of coworkers in San Bernardino, California, killing 14 people.

It is being widely reported that the wife, a Pakistani woman who had met her husband while she was living in Saudi Arabia, had pledged loyalty to the Islamic State leader. Social media has yet to become awash in American flags. The country has practically yawned in response to the tragic events compared to the outpouring of support our people gave the French.

The media response has been comprised largely of the talking heads and politicians questioning our political strategy for how to enact tougher restrictions on gun ownership and stricter gun laws.

Ours appears to be a world gone mad.

If the rest of the world is going to be slow to show their support for our fellow Americans in California, so be it. Then let me be the first to officially change my profile picture in honor of those lost to radical Islamic terrorism in San Bernardino.

TONY CLARK is the publisher of The Tidewater News. He can be contacted at 562-3187 or tony.clark@tidewaternews.com.