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Mass Tragedy: What Are We Missing?

Apr 19, 13 Mass Tragedy: What Are We Missing?

Invitations to the After Party

On the afternoon of Monday, April 15, two IED devices were detonated at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.  Three people were killed and scores of others injured in the blasts.  Immediate responses followed from all those who cared to share their opinion on the matter, and the nation demanded retribution.  Much of the cable news media attempted to attach the bombings to Patriot’s Day, and blame the bombing on right wing, anti-tax dissidents (the 15th is national tax day when all filings are due).  The blogosphere lit up with skeptical citizen sleuths and the alternative media, who combed through various photos and footage, attempting to identify government or organized false flag operators.  I would urge both sides to withhold from name-calling and demand justice in whatever form it takes.  This being said, I would like to make a sharp criticism of society as a whole.

Immediately after the bombings the initial response from all sides is to point fingers; a great ‘whodunnit’ of sorts?  What resulted were some questions, some accusations, and ultimately the ugly face of hatred.  An initial suspect was apprehended, because he was a Saudi national here on a student visa and was injured in the blast.  Authorities supposedly cleared this individual, but not before anti-Islam posts filled up the webosphere.    Then you have the general public, who fueled by the media reporting, jump at the mention of any suspect and shout ‘save us the tax dollars on a trial, and hang them now’.  The next suspects to be identified were two young Chechnyan-American nationals.  Same deal.  Today, Friday April 19, 1 of the 2 brothers has been killed by authorities, and the second is on the loose, while the entire city of Boston is on lockdown looking for a teenaged boy.  This reminds me of the 1996 Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta.  Authorities identified a security guard named Richard Jewell and pegged him as the suspect throughout national headlines.  He was of course later vindicated and absolved of all responsibility.  The result was an expensive lawsuit against the City of Atlanta, and ultimately depression and a lonely death for Mr. Jewell.  This brings me to my next point, which is in all of this tragedy and accusation, what are we missing? (continue..)

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1 Comment

  1. I had no idea about so much coverage which isn’t shown on national media. This certainly does make you wonder.

    I appreciate your sentiments about avoiding the quick judgements, but making decisions based on solid, logical grounds. The media sure can stir things up quickly, which swells support for legislation which we would certainly regret under other circumstances.

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