My prayers and condolences go to the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombings, especially to the family of the 8-year-old boy who passed away. It was truly a shocking and unfathomable incident. It’s very sad to see what our world has turned into.
The world we live in is no longer the same as it was 20 years ago. One of the most significant changes that we frequently deal with is air travel. It used to be fun. I used to get super excited about going on a plane. Nowadays, nobody is looking forward to spending 30 minutes in line for the security checkpoint, and more when they do those “random” luggage and body searches. Then you have to go through immigration and that’s at least another 30 minutes. With having to arrive at the counter 2 hours ahead, you’re spending half of a working day just to board the plane. Not to mention going through the same ordeal at the destination airport after your exhausting 20-hour flight. This is just one of the many examples of post-911 era world in which we live today.
Anyway, going back to the topic at hand, the bombing. Many media sources and law authorities are using the word “terrorism” or “terror attack.” Before 2001, these phrases are unknown to most people around the world. Or if people did know, it was mostly referencing bad guys in the 80s and 90s cold war-based Hollywood movies. But after 911, when someone mentions the word “terrorism,” we instantly imagine a commercial jet plummeting into a tall building, debris falling all over, chaos everywhere. That’s the legacy of September 11 WTC attacks that has changed our world, more than we realize.
Let’s assume for a moment that September 11 was indeed an act of terrorism, which is the general benchmark for people today. What qualifies the Boston Marathon Bombings as another act of terror? Is it terrifying? Is it terrorizing? Sure it is, but why label it “terrorism?” The shooting in Cleveland at the Dark Knight movie premiere, and many others, consumed many more lives than the Boston incident, and yet, why don’t we label them “terrorism?” Were those incidents not terrifying enough? Were they not acts of terror as well? A handgun can cause as much damage as a bomb in the wrong hands and at the wrong time. And countless shootings happen everyday in America–aren’t all of those acts of terror? Why are they not labeled as such?
Let’s again assume for a moment that the Boston incident was indeed an act terrorism in the sense that it was the Taliban or Al-Qaeda’s doing. But when I think about it, many countless injustices are happening all over the world that are not made aware by the media. Don’t quote me on this, but I’m sure there are many innocent 8-year-olds in the Middle East that have passed away as a result of the US (and other allied countries) drone attacks, air strikes, or invasion in general. Many deaths of mothers, fathers, grandfathers, grandmothers as a result of war could have been avoided, not to mention triggering happy soldiers and mercenaries who massacre entire villages and such. Wouldn’t we, as citizens of the free world, be considered as terrorists by those who were hurt in the Middle East? After all, we did terrorize their countries, their homes, and their families. What gives us the right to do that? What justifies our actions and why in turn, do we not expect any kind of retaliation from them?
Again, I am NOT positing that the Boston incident was committed by a particular group of people or terrorists. I am simply using the US-Middle East conflict as an example to make a point that our judgment of what happens in the world is greatly affected by what we see and hear via the media, and what it chooses to cover–is it all absolutely accurate and necessarily trustworthy? Think again. What the media chooses to cover is as important as what it chooses not to cover.
Boston Bombing Marathon Runners – kitv.com
Martin Richards Boston Marathon Bombing Victims – huffpost.com
Screenshot of article “Obama Calls Blasts an ‘Act of Terrorism’” – nytimes.com
Man with Child – hix-middle-east-unit.wikispaces.com
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