After Orlando: What America Can Learn from Israel’s Culture of Preparedness

The Orlando massacre is especially devastating because American society remains wholly unprepared for further attacks of this nature. While the events of September 11 left indelible scars on our collective psyche, they are rapidly receding further into the past and do not represent the “new normal” of terror patterns. Until last December’s San Bernardino attack, Americans had lived under the threat of terrorism for more than a decade without any further major terror events. But these attacks highlighted the unsettling reality that there are a plethora of soft targets in the United States and that ISIS and their ilk will not hesitate to engage them.