People sure do say a lot of crazy things in the wake of a ‘human-caused disaster.’ Others try to understand, looking for truth; or they fear the PC police and stand silently. Others bind wounds and comfort the victims. Many more reach out in unity, attempting to stabilize and heal. And some always believe there is a global conspiracy at work using staged atrocities to demonize, then control.
On the day of the attack, the President implies that tax protesters could be responsible; then the next day, he calls it a terror attack. Others note it was Patriot Day in Boston, leading some to conclude that anti-government forces were at work, an unlikely scenario given the track record.
At the moment, not much is known publicly about what happened precisely: why this attack, who was involved, how did they avoid security, who were they after, what is the message, etc. It is odd no one has yet claimed responsibility. Usually, Al Qaeda is glad to chest-thump.
All we really know is that four are dead, including a sweet-faced eight-year-old named Martin Richard. Upwards of 30 lost limbs, with 170 injured overall. Speculation abounds: What about the guy on the roof? What about the fire at the library? How do you explain the guys in tan pants and black jackets communicating with each other and watching? What about various men with backpacks who look as if they are carrying large, heavy objects?
One prominent broadcaster blames the government, calling this attack a false flag operation. This conclusion was issued one hour after the event. An actor says that the bombing results from the gun culture in America. The only rational explanation: he must be on drugs. The head of DHS says the attack is not part of a broader conspiracy. Really? How on earth can she determine that so quickly and with certainty? This from the woman who thinks Americans are the problem: a chief of insecurity at best.
A Leftist writer says he hopes white terrorists are to blame because that will put an end to our extraordinary military spending and the drumbeat to preemptively strike. Geez. Other Leftists immediately blame the Right, without a shred of evidence of course.
On the other side, people on the Right immediately blame Jihadists, some inferring that Leftists are at least complicit.
Given the use of pressure cookers filled with ball bearings and sharp metal objects detonated at precise times, the attack is likely the work of Al Qaeda or a related group, since these are known methods used by such groups. Walid Shoebat, respected terrorism expert and reliable source concerning authoritative Islam, points the finger at Saudi Arabia activating sleepers domestically, coordinating with Al Qaeda.
Congressman Peter King of New York suggests this may be the beginning of an entirely new front in the war on terror; and former CIA Director Michael Hayden, Lt. Col. Oliver North, and others agree. Still, the commander in chief does not recognize a war on terror on any front, begging the questions: how do you fight a war you refuse to acknowledge? And how then do you fulfill the oath to protect and defend? Isn’t such negligence an encouragement to our enemies?
A few other things hit home. One, we know more about Boston in a few days than we do about Benghazi after many months. Two, government is working feverishly to disarm law-abiding citizens at a time they require an increased ability to defend themselves, especially as government seems less capable of providing security. Three, the media does not report; but it does editorialize, only when convenient. Covering a murderous abortion doc is not convenient. Four, politicians (all Dems so far) who politicize tragedy should be reassigned to guard duty at Gitmo.
Ultimately, our attitudes betray us. We appear more terrified of the PC police than we do the actual terrorists, thereby giving each group greater freedom to work against our own. The vastly more experienced Israelis don’t have that problem. They face reality. They know that the more one accommodates, the more they escalate.
Allan Erickson enjoyed an 11-year career in radio, television and print journalism as a reporter, talk show host, and operations manager. He then turned to sales and marketing for a decade. Ten years ago he started his own training and recruitment company in the Pacific Northwest. Allan & wife Jodi have four children and live in California. He is also the author of “The Cross & the Constitution in the Age of Incoherence,” Tate Publishing, 2012. Available for speaking engagements. firstname.lastname@example.org
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