The current argument is whether or not the Boston bombings were jihad or not. The answer is still out, but considering what is known at the moment there is a pretty good case for it.
Then comes the argument as to whether the survivor should be tried as an enemy combatant or not. The government has opted to try him as a citizen, not a jihadist.
Due to our current laws they had to make the decision. There will be a lot of opposition to this move even though the end for the bomber will be the same. Unless the Justice Department opts not to seek the death penalty. With this administration one never knows.
So therein is the problem. How does this country handle cases such as these with consistency. It will take a comprehensive look at the laws now on the books and changes that are made from insightful analysis rather than a rush to 'justice'.
Of this we can be sure. There is an ongoing war against the west by Islamic radicals. They come in all colors and from a variety of countries. I'd be willing to bet that any country that has a large Muslim presence has it's share of jihadists and whether or not they're organized matters little. The one thing they have in common is contempt for all things western.
Following up on these people is no easy task. Tightening up the sharing of information between agencies would help. Like Congress, they need to get over their territorial jealousies. On the other hand, there isn't the manpower to follow each and every suspect 24/7.
It's time to get serious though. While the potheads in Denver are taking potshots at one another and the administration is redefining our vocabulary again, the plotting continues. This news was just breaking when I came to my office to skim the headlines. Canada foils major terrorist attack possibly on New York City...
It won't be the last to make headlines and it's something Mayor Bloomberg can't ban. And yes, the bad guys will have guns without permits and American civilians will be killed on American soil. At the very least let's be able to deal with the aftermath without our usual bickering. That's something I would applaud.