I think we’re living in a world where we are not going to be immune to the payback for some of the things that we’ve done. And unless—unless we, as a society, completely re-imagine what an actual national security policy would look like, one that recognizes the dignity of other people around the world or the rights of people to practice their religion or determine their form of government, unless we’re willing to re-imagine how we approach the world, we’re doomed to have a repeat of a 9/11-type attack or something that’s smaller-scale but constant.
One recoils in horror at the death of innocents as we saw in the Boston bombing..We shake our head in disgust at the callousness of people who would execute such a heinous crime.
And then we look at the numbskulls who started chanting USA! USA! when the pathetic teen bomber Dzokhar Tsarnaev was taken away wounded in the Boston suburb. There is a link between these two.
The following report from Boston:
The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings has reportedly cited the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as a motive behind last week’s attack. According to The Washington Post, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told interrogators from his hospital bed that the U.S. invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan motivated him and his brother to carry out the bombings that killed three people and wounded over 170 more. Investigators say it appears the brothers were “self-radicalized” through the Internet and U.S. actions in Muslim countries. No evidence has emerged linking their acts to foreign militants.
American lawyer and writer for the Guardian, Glen Greenwald makes the connection:
In the last several years, there have been four other serious attempted or successful attacks on US soil by Muslims, and in every case, they emphatically all say the same thing: that they were motivated by the continuous, horrific violence brought by the US and its allies to the Muslim world – violence which routinely kills and oppresses innocent men, women and children:
it’s crucial to understand this causation because it’s often asked “what can we do to stop Terrorism?” The answer is right in front of our faces: we could stop embracing the polices in that part of the world which fuel anti-American hatred and trigger the desire for vengeance and return violence.
The brilliant journalist Jeremy Scahill quoted above , the unmasker of the notorious mercenary outfit Blackwater, was a guest on Democracy Now :
We’ve returned to the kind of 1980s way of waging war, where the U.S. was involved in all these dirty wars in Central and Latin America, in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, and beyond. And we’re using—you know, we’re in a world right now where the U.S. is using proxies, that effectively are death squads, in Somalia to hunt down people that the U.S. has determined are enemies. We’re using mercenaries. President Obama continues to use them in various wars, declared and undeclared, around the world. You also have the aiding of dictatorships and other right-wing governments around the world and propping them up. It’s very similar to what Reagan and company were doing in Central America.
And under both Bush and Obama, the world has been declared the battlefield. You know, the Authorization for the Use of Military Force that was passed after 9/11 is technically the law that President Obama and his administration point to when they say they have a right to drone strike in Yemen, because these people are connected to the 9/11 attacks
I think that we have rolled back the clock, in some ways, to an era where you have multiple covert paramilitary forces that are operating in secret away from—largely away from journalists or congressional oversight, and they’re engaged in actions that are going to cause blowback. This is going to boomerang back around to us. You can’t launch these so-called signature strikes, killing people in pre-crime, you know, in countries around the world, and think that we’re not going to create a whole new generation of enemies that have an actual grievance against us—not that want to kill us for our McDonald’s or our freedom, but have an actual score to settle.
Then there was Stephen Harper,the gung ho militarist Prime Minister of Canada who was all for the disastrous US invasion of Iraq .His response to Justin Trudeau’s “root causes” observation was totally inadequate, cheap and utterly lacking in serious analysis.
“When you see this type of violent act, you do not sit around trying to rationalize it or make excuses for it or figure out its root causes, you condemn it categorically and, to the extent you can deal with the perpetrators, you deal with them as harshly as possible.”
Harper does not get it and now we have “blow back” in Canada because of our wrongheaded support of Us militarism abroad. We used to be an honest broker, now we are American lapdogs