Wednesday, April 16, 2014

One Year After Boston: Our Own Terror Attacks Go On

One year ago this morning Glenn Greenwald, Juan Cole, Gary Younge and others expressed outraged and sympathy over the Boston Marathon bombings--along with criticism that few Americans voice any concern over the numerous innocents killed in our terror drone attacks abroad.   From Greenwald, still at The Guardian
The widespread compassion for yesterday's victims and the intense anger over the attacks was obviously authentic and thus good to witness. But it was really hard not to find oneself wishing that just a fraction of that compassion and anger be devoted to attacks that the US perpetrates rather than suffers. These are exactly the kinds of horrific, civilian-slaughtering attacks that the US has been bringing to countries in the Muslim world over and over and over again for the last decade, with very little attention paid....
Juan Cole this morning makes a similar point about violence elsewhere. Indeed, just yesterday in Iraq, at least 42 people were killed and more than 250 injured by a series of car bombs, the enduring result of the US invasion and destruction of that country. Somehow the deep compassion and anger felt in the US when it is attacked never translates to understanding the effects of our own aggression against others.

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