I was up at 3 a.m. as usual and trying to think up an interesting blog post. I had the BBC on the radio when I heard “A Somali-born US teenager is arrested in the state of Oregon after allegedly plotting to bomb a Christmas tree lighting ceremony.”
This was in Portland. I drove by the Christmas tree in Pioneer Courthouse Square Thursday with family members. I drove by his site Friday, en route to a meeting with lawmakers to talk about post-secondary education governance. We had sandwiches. A couple of blocks away, someone planned a terrorist strike.
This is the world we live in.