President Bush, Barack Obama and our allies are being exposed by Somalia pirates, and de facto terrorists in Mumbai, India.
These forces are aware of the 20 years of scorched earth here in this country. The corrupt elements in our country will not turn themselves in. They will act out the circular folly further crashing the global economy into the ground as the absurdity gains momentum under a Master Passion.
In a sense I believe the Islamist sense a return to Jimmy Carter styled diplomacy which is good for initiating talks but slow in achieving order. Accommodating terror only encourages despotism.
The term anomie, derived from Emile Durkheim, for Merton means: a discontinuity between cultural goals and the legitimate means available for reaching them. Applied to the United States he sees the American dream as an emphasis on the goal of monetary success but without the corresponding emphasis on the legitimate avenues to march toward this goal. This leads to a considerable amount of (the Parsonian term of) deviance. This theory is commonly used in the study of criminology (specifically the strain theory).
Conformity is the attaining of societal goals by societal accepted means, while innovation is the attaining of those goals in unaccepted ways. Ritualism is the acceptance of the means but the forfeit of the goals. Retreatism is the rejection of both the means and the goals and rebellion is a combination of rejection of societal goals and means and a substitution of other goals and means. Innovation and ritualism are the pure cases of anomie as Merton defined it because in both cases there is a discontinuity between goals and means.