Another “terrorist” bombing (probably home grown) with the typical media response.
First the justifiable horror, the loss of innocent lives, the capture of the public commons and always, always the American exceptionalism, the flying of the stars and stripes, the public tributes and never, never a deeper understanding that it is just not Boston or New York which is resilient. It is the human family. Americans are not exceptional. Most often too many are continually and self-referentially provincial, refusing to understand suffering beyond their own borders.
The excellent journalist. As Glenn Greenwald wrote “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.”
And this from a great American think tank the New America Foundation, a research group that tries to track targeted killing which the United States has carried out. So far “the US has launched 422 strikes in Pakistan and Yemen, 373 of them since Mr. Obama took office in 2009, in addition to a handful in Somalia.” The foundation estimates the number of deaths resulting from the strikes to be between 2,426 and 3,969, of which about 10 percent were of civilians and nearly as many of which were identified as ‘unknown.’ An overwhelming majority of the strikes have been carried out by unmanned drone aircraft, though cruise missiles, fighter jets and helicopter gunships have also been used.”
Writer Robert Koehler asked the impertinent question avoided by the chauvinist American press:
Will we ever reach a point where most Americans choose to absorb such data in the context of our own terrible violence? Will we ever reach a point where we feel the same urgency of grief for the victims of the violence that is a fact of life in the Middle East?
Not much universal lessons to be learned here in canada either.The Globe offered its usual editorial boiler plate about the people of Boston and democracy ‘enduring” but nothing about the shocking continuance of American violence perpetrated abroad as stated above.
The announcer at the Raptor basketball game summed up our own narrowness. ”Tonight We are all Boston fans”—but we are never never Iraqi fans or Afghani fans.