Mark Steyn writes:
There’s nothing new or surprising about this: For every IRA there’s a UVF – less potent and effective, but doing as it’s gotten used to being done by. It’s not even worth arguing about who has right on his side: It’s more basic than that – as Americans implicitly recognize when they profess to be bewildered by who’s killing whom in Bosnia or Lebanon or wherever’s next. If you allow society to degenerate to the point where there is less and less in common to bind competing groups together, there will be action …but just as surely there will – slowly, eventually, belatedly – be reaction. And the most obvious reaction is to reach for the same weapon your opponent’s got on you: In the Cold War, the Communists acquired nukes. In the culture war, the right is storming the stage. In the jihad, the Islamophobe rented a van.