Following the Boston marathon bombings that occurred last Monday, many people are confused over what to make of all this. Is this another terrorist attack? Who are the perpetrators? Will there be subsequent attacks? How safe are Americans really? Could anything else be done in the name of national security to prevent further attacks like this one?
Much of these questions remain unanswered in the mainstream media. None are more annoying to Americans than not knowing who they are dealing with. The mystery has haunted the authorities as well as the American people during the whole week until two suspects were identified. Friday, the Boston police exchanged gunfire with the Tsarnaev brothers in the Boston area. The shootout resulted in the death of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, while his younger brother Dzhokar A. Tsarnaev is still on the run. According to the police, the younger brother is probably hiding in the Watertown suburb of Boston and they are going door-to-door in order to catch the fleeing suspect.
The mainstream media has predictably labeled them the Chechen terrorists that are responsible for the Boston bombings even though no tangible proof has been brought forth by either the media or the police itself. Based on numerous photographic evidence of the bombing scenes, Anonymous and internet users alike seem to believe the police are after the wrong guys. They have identified two military type guys that are looking suspicious in many pictures with some sort of remote control in hand and backpacks matching the description of the one used in the bombings. It is safe to say that none of these possibilities are being taken into account by either the police or the media. Why that is so, is a whole other question which I unfortunately do not know the answer to.
Throughout the entire week, there have been many comments on Monday’s event. Some of the comments were predictable, some were surprising and some were very much outrageous. Generally speaking, it is true that Americans grow stronger with each attack perpetrated against them. The problem is that racism and ignorance grow equally stronger alongside strength. Steve King, a Republican from Iowa, has publicly stated that “We need to be ever vigilant,” he says. “We need to go far deeper into our border crossings. . . .We need to take a look at the visa-waiver program and wonder what we’re doing. If we can’t background check people that are coming from Saudi Arabia, how do we think we are going to background check the 11 to 20 million people that are here from who knows where.” Those comments are referring to the immigration reform underway in the U.S. and came early in the investigation when all that was known to the public was that the police were questioning an injured Saudi citizen. Needless to say, Mr. King jumped very quickly to his ow conclusion. To what end? His conclusion definitely helps his position concerning the immigration reform. Could he simply be using this tragedy as a tool to further his ‘cause’? He probably wouldn’t be the only one as the mainstream Medias are the very best manipulators of events in order to get better ratings. Everyone knows that news shows nowadays are much more about ratings than fair and accurate journalism.
The usual anti-Muslims went all out on twitter following the attacks. Not long after the bombings, Pam Geller tweeted “Jihadi Arrested in Horrific Boston Marathon Bombing: Jihad in America. 12 dead, 50 injured. My deepest condole…” She either had access to information no one had, not even the police or the FBI or she was simply jumping to racist conclusions like so many probably did. I don’t know about you but I wouldn’t bet on the first option so much. Eric Rush, a Fox news correspondent, was also very quick on the hate tweeting against Muslims: “Yes, they’re evil. Let’s kill them all.” Some people went as far as calling for North Korea to be bomb and “make that place a parking lot” believing it was Pyongyang who was behind the attacks. Racial tension is at its most high following such attacks and the Medias as well as Hollywood are partly to blame for they have demonized Muslims for so long in order to sell wars in the middle-east to the American people. Now, Americans are stuck for an undetermined period of time with Islamophobia deeply rooted in their minds with the most of it coming out as soon as there’s an attack or a bombing. I can only imagine how the millions of Muslims living in the United States must feel when such attacks happen. Barack Obama himself has made some very interesting remarks regarding Monday’s bombings saying: “Any time bombs are used to target innocent civilians; it is an act of terror.” Did the president accidentally characterize himself as a terrorist? I believe there have been many cases where the president himself ordered drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan that resulted in the death of thousands of civilians. I was very surprised when he said that, must not have been one of those carefully prepared speeches from his staff.
This tragic event that took the lives of three people and wounded 170 others should teach Americans and people all over the world about the dangers of jumping to conclusions too quickly. It is a danger to American society as a whole as well as the remaining liberties of that same society. Liberties have been infringed upon in an extremely fast pace in the name of national security since 9/11. Do Americans feel safer now? Probably not one bit, since there have been many incidents to prove otherwise. Americans have lost many liberties in the name of national security and it doesn’t seem to be making the United States any safer at all, on the contrary.
François-Alexandre Roy T.
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