The current estimates on the damage done by the two bombs that went off during the Boston Marathon is currently 3 fatalities and 176 wounded. Everyone in the US, and many around the globe, were stunned by the incident. It’s not that tragic occurrences don’t happen in countries on a daily basis, but the echo of an incident in Boston of this nature during such a historic race is deafening. My initial reaction, as posted on Facebook is seen below.
I was very sad to wake up this morning and find out about what happened at the Boston Marathon. People get great inspiration from watching family, friends, and just the sheer numbers of people from all across the world and of all ages crossing the finish line. In just a string of short moments a beautiful moment that unites Man through sport and joint elation, turned to horror and then sobering tragedy. I miss all my family and friends back in the States and love you all.
I’m from the Boston area, Marblehead to be precise, and while I make an effort to see all human life to be of equal value, it is simply human nature for it to weigh heavier on the heart when an incident happens close to family, friends, and a place you grew up. From my observations most people on social media had a similar initial response to mine.
Unfounded Speculations On the Boston Bombings Perpetuated By The Media
Soon after speculative rumblings reverberated throughout social media on who the culprit might be, and why, the media began various witch hunts. I don’t blame individuals, afraid and conditioned from previous experiences to point fingers, but our media, and above all our politicians, should be more responsible than to speak rashly to incite others against specific ethnicities, religions or to use this for financial profit or political gain. Though it’s not surprising. Unfortunately, it’s to be expected.
The dust had not yet settled, and quite literally the blood still stained the streets, before the inevitable speculations based on a void of evidence or reason began to surface in the media. Predictable proclamations of a ‘false flag operation’ and ‘Islamic terrorists’ soon surfaced. Others thought it probable it was a ring wing extremist, or perhaps even a left wing extremist. All without any evidence. All without waiting on the preliminary investigation to bring to light any information whatsoever.
Below is a series of quotes or tweets with links to sources to get a sense of this for yourself, if it hasn’t already come to your attention.
“No American citizen blows up random people, that’s a Middle Eastern scene.” – Glenn Beck [ mediaite.com ]
Learn more about how Glenn Beck hopes to profit off of the incident by encouraging the purchase of gold here. Investing in gold is a wise financial move, but he’ll point you in just the right direction so that he’ll profit off the fear induced buying spree he’s hoping to inspire.
“Some of the speculation that has come out is that yes, it was a foreign national and, speculating here, that it was potentially a person on a student visa,” King said. “If that’s the case, then we need to take a look at the big picture.”
“We need to be ever vigilant,” said King, who was vice chairman of the House Subcommittee on Immigration. “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?” – Congressman Steve King [ latino.foxnews.com ]
The Wider Perspective
After a tragedy like this, more important than anger and accusations without evidence and based on prejudice, is to take a look at the world we live in. These incidents are daily occurrences in other regions of the world, some of them perpetrated by our own Government in the form of drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan, where signature strikes take the lives of innocents, including woman and children.
This is not an indictment against the US; there are countless countries committing crimes against their own people and against those of other nations. This is about empathy. When we suffer a tragedy close to home, we take heart at the shows of solidarity from others around the world, and we feel the pain of our friends and family most closely affected by the circumstances.
Though it is in our human nature, and not a condemnation upon us as a species, that we connect emotionally to those we feel a kinship towards – out of patriotism, joint faith or bloodlines – if we have a hope of living in a better world, one filled with more compassion, love and peace, we need to learn to feel empathy for all humans on this planet.
Empathy And Love, Not Hate And Bigotry, Are What Brings Hope For A Better World
Jason Robert Mizula, an Iraq war veteran and longtime Boston resident wrote a touching piece on his thoughts concerning the tragic bombings in Boston.
If we’re going to cry over the loss of innocent lives, of people we never knew, let’s ask ourselves why we aren’t crying every single day, when a cafe explodes in Baghdad, when a village is leveled by a drone in Yemen, or a school is mistaken for a ‘terrorist’ headquarters in Pakistan, and wiped off the map. With reports coming out that three people were killed in the bombings in Boston, let’s not forget that we’re losing an average of 22 veterans of our armed forces every single day to suicide, and one active member of our military to suicide every single day. [ Full Blog ]
Eventually we will know who has committed this crime against Mankind, and with any luck they will be brought to justice. Inevitably the person, or group of persons, will fall into one of the categories speculated on by individuals, the media, and politicians. No matter who the culprit is, it will do none of us any good to strengthen our hate towards any one group. People all around the world are suffering, be it from war, terrorism, starvation or natural disasters.
It seems such people are in short supply, but we need leaders who not beholden to corporate interests. Leaders who are not interested in perpetuating fear and war. Leaders who want economic stability at home and peace cultivated across the globe, to whatever extent their power allows them to influence it. It’s not a pipe dream, it’s a necessity.