“The rain …falls upon the just and the unjust alike; a thing which would not happen if I were superintending the rain’s affairs. No, I would rain softly and sweetly on the just, but if I caught a sample of the unjust outdoors I would drown him.”
~ Mark Twain
It is simple cause and effect.
Collectively, America has chosen a path. That path has led to people who see us, justly or not, as the challenge to their choices as to their way of life or death whatever the case may be.
The little boy did not deserve a death at the hands of madmen.
Perhaps, many of the the folks did not deserve to die or be injured in such a heinous manner. I would posit that many, if not most, of the children killed and injured by American bombs, missiles, errant bullet rounds and drone strikes, likewise, did not deserve that fate either.
We cannot expect, as a nation, to constantly war on other nations and other peoples causing “collateral damage” and other forms of violence and to maintain our peaceful way of life at home in America.
The world is small. There are consequences for our actions.
We have been in a constant state of war for over a decade. We will be in a constant state of war for the foreseeable future.
Eventually, the people against whom we war will figure out a way to bring that war to us.
Thus far, we have been fortunate. They have been too lazy or disorganized to wage war in America. That will not always remain so. I am surprised that it has taken this long to have a public ground attack/strike such as this.
If I were among the peoples against whom we have been waging war, I would have found a way to strike at America long before this. I would make life miserable for Americans.
Who is to say that this is not in the works. Everything that they need to wage war upon us can be purchased in America. They need to bring nothing.
Actions have consequences. Words and phrases such as collateral damage have a reality behind them against which your average American has been shielded.
Were I the enemy of America, that would not be the case. Eventually, someone is going to rise up who will decide to teach America the realities of war. The reality that we once learned during our war of 1860 to 1865 but have forgotten.
To the average American war is a video game. It’s something viewed from afar. Something that happens over there.
Will that always be the case?
Boston may simply be a harbinger of things to come.
No one deserves a heinous death or to be injured in the manner of the “victims” of the Boston bombings. I would not wish that upon a single human being whether they be American, Pakistani, Syrian, Kiwi or Fijian.
Yet, our wars cause this kind of death and injury on nearly a daily basis. Many, if not most, of those “victims” are undeserving as well.
For his own sordid ends
The pulpit he ascends
And though he disbelieves in resurrection,
Makes all his hearers quail
Whilst he unfolds a tale
Of Last Day scenes that stun the recollection.
They recite their sacred books, although the fact informs me
that these are a fiction from first to last.
O Reason, thou (alone) speakest the truth.
Then perish the fools who forged the religious traditions or interpreted them!
~ Abu ‘L-ala Ahmad b. Abdallah al-Ma’arri (973-1057)