As I explained in Deep Future: The Next 100,000 Years of Life on Earth, the message from the geological past is not "big deal, appalling climate disasters have happened before." Climate science tells us that we don't want to go through equally appalling disruptions of our own making, and also that we don't necessarily have to.
Katrina and Lowry debate whether a) beheadings and media war whoops forced Obama's hand; b) he gets a boost or blame in November; c) he'll escalate if Bombs-without-Boots fails. What now happens to his desired pivot to Asia, climate, inequality? Ray Rice too is tackled by tape. Is a video worth a million words?
While this particular column of Will's was offensive and inaccurate, that doesn't mean the St. Louis Dispatch was right, or even wise, to discontinue running his column in general. Debate and discussion are what have helped bring much of the long and ongoing mistreatment of victims by school administrations to light.