I’d like to first say that yesterday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon were an evil cowardly act. No human being deserves to die or be mutilated by a bomb purposely planted to kill and injure innocent people. My prayers go out to all the victims and their families. I hope they catch the perpetrator of this brutal murder and inflict the maximum penalty of death on him. Every human being on this planet deserves to be treated with respect and people who murder other human beings need to be punished.
What really bothers me is the egocentric self importance this country, its media, and its politicians place upon a tragedy that occurs in one of our cities versus tragedies of equal or greater scale that are occuring every day due to our foreign interventionism. Last night, my local news spent 20 minutes of the 30 minute broadcast on the Boston bombings. They played the same footage over and over again. The talking heads from the MSM just blather on with theories and suppositions based upon nothing. Their biases regarding gun owners, foreigners, Tea Partiers, and political beliefs immediately show through. Whatever particular agenda they favor is used to flavor their “impartial” reporting.
The country is now in a tizzy. The government is coming to the rescue. There will be calls for more security and safety measures. Obama will use this incident to push his gun control agenda, even though a gun wasn’t used. The death of an 8 year old will be the rallying cry for the statists to take more of your liberties and freedoms away. The politicians will use this incident to spend more of your money on police, cameras, DHS armored vehicles, SWAT teams, listening surveillance, and predator drones. How many billions have we spent since 9/11 on these agencies? Did they stop this bombing? Will spending another $10 billion stop some crazy person from dropping a homemade pipe bomb in a trash can? Will more cameras and drones keep someone from walking into a crowded mall and throwing a few hand grenades or mowing people down with an AK-47? Will a background check stop a determined terrorist? The calls for government to do more will be echoing on TV screens for the coming weeks. The passive sheep-like populace will shake their heads and mistakenly believe that government will protect them. There will always be bad guys who do bad stuff. Life is always a tragedy that ends in death.
On the same day that 3 people died and 140 were injured in Boston, there were 31 innocent Iraqi human beings that were brutally murdered by bombs in three cities, with over 200 others injured. Did you see 20 minutes on your local news cast about this tragedy? Did you even know it happened? The United States of America invaded Iraq and freed them from their dictator, according to the storyline. We left victorious a couple years ago. The neo-cons declare that we helped the Iraqi people by giving them a democracy. Meanwhile, bombs go off on a weekly basis killing innocent human beings in that country. The MSM and the people of the U.S. don’t give a crap about the 31 Iraqis blown to smithereens. They are just Muslim collateral damage in our eyes. No one is shedding tears in this country for the families and victims of murderous thugs. Are their lives less important than the 3 Americans killed yesterday? Is a Muslim life worth less than a white American’s life? Would any lives have been lost yesterday in Iraq or Boston if the United States did not choose to fight “pre-emptive” wars in foreign lands?
The MSM is focusing on the aspect of the Boston bombing that will have the biggest emotional impact on the most people. This is how you can most easily achieve the goals of your agenda. They are all focusing on the death of the 8 year old child. The death of a young child is always a terrible tragedy. One week ago American war planes murdered 11 young children in Afghanistan, and wounded 6 women. Did your local news station spend 20 minutes on this story? Where are the human interest stories about the tragedy for the families of these children? Is the life of a white 8 year old American child worth more than the lives of 11 brown skinned Muslim Afghan children? If the U.S. was not still fighting an unwinnable war 11 years after starting it, would these 11 children have died? We are supposedly withdrawing our troops next year. Do you think the families of these children wished we had left last year?
There are so many dimensions to the Boston bombing. The personal tragedies are the most important. The tragedy of our citizens losing more freedoms and liberties when the government further turns the U.S. into a police state will happen without a peep from the sheep. The tragedy of allowing the MSM to use their propaganda machine to mislead the public as to the true reason for the bombing will continue. Lastly, the egocentric view of the people in this country keeps us blinded to the death and destruction caused by our actions throughout the world. For every action, there is an equal but opposite reaction.
I believe that all human life has worth. Do you?
Iraq deadly bombings hit Nasariyah, Kirkuk and Baghdad
Attacks were reported in Baghdad, as well as Tuz Khurmatu and Kirkuk in the north and Nasariyah in the south.
The co-ordinated attacks occurred during the morning rush hour and mainly involved car bombs.
The violence comes ahead of Iraq’s provincial elections on 20 April, the first in the country since 2010.
Monday’s attacks were particularly broad in scope, with several cities hit, including Fallujah, Tikrit, Samarra and Hilla.
The explosions were caused by 20 cars packed with explosives and three roadside bombs, AFP news agency reported.
Three car bombs went off minutes apart in Tuz Khurmatu, killing six people and wounding more than 60, AFP said.
A number of attacks were also reported in Baghdad.
In one incident, two car bombs claimed two lives and wounded 17 at a checkpoint at the heavily guarded airport, Reuters reported.
In the northern city of Kirkuk, nine people were killed when six car bombs went off simultaneously, police said.
Three of the bombs exploded in Kirkuk’s city centre – one in an Arab district, one in a Kurdish area, and a third in a Turkomen district, the Associated Press (AP) reported.
Other blasts were reported elsewhere in the city, which is home to a mix of ethnic groups with competing claims.
Elsewhere, gunmen armed with pistols fitted with silencers shot and killed a police officer while he was driving his car in the town of Tarmiyah, 30 miles (50 km) north of Baghdad, AP said.
No group has admitted carrying out Monday’s attacks.
But they come at a time when tensions are high between Iraq’s Sunni and Shia, amid claims by the majority Sunni Muslim communities that they are being marginalised by Prime Minister Nouri Maliki’s Shia-led government.
Sunni Islamist militants linked to al-Qaeda have attempted to destabilise the government by stepping up attacks, mainly on Shia but also Sunni targets this year.
Although violence has decreased in Iraq since the peak of the insurgency in 2006 and 2007, bombings are still common.
Afghan children killed in ‘NATO airstrike’
President Hamid Karzai denounces reported death of 11 children by NATO forces in Kunar province and orders inquiry.
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2013 07:42
At least 11 children have reportedly been killed in a NATO airstrike in Kunar province in eastern Afghanistan.
The children were killed during a joint Afghan-NATO operation against Taliban fighters in the Shigal district of restive Kunar province bordering Pakistan late on Saturday, according to Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president.
Karzai ”strongly condemned the ISAF air strike in Kunar that killed 11 children”, in a statement issued by his office.
“The president, while condemning the use of civilians as shields by the Taliban, denounced any kind of operations that cause civilian deaths,” the statement said.
The president has also ordered a government investigation into the killings.
There were conflicting figures of the death toll, but Karzai’s office later said 11 people were killed – all of them children – and six women were wounded.
Wasifullah Wasifi, the spokesman for the Kunar governor, confirmed the attack to Al Jazeera.
“We confirm a raid done by Afghanistan’s intelligence service in the district of Shigal. In this raid, the security forces killed 20 Taliban in which 10 of them are very senior Taliban members,” he told Al Jazeera.
The interior ministry said in a statement the attack by coalition forces killed six Taliban including two senior commanders.
A spokesman for NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) confirmed the strike and said the coalition was gathering information to determine what happened.
Al Jazeera’s Imtiaz Tyab, reporting from the capital, Kabul, said that joint forces entered houses in Shigal village in the early hours of Sunday and carried out raids in addition to the air strikes.
“Al Jazeera has contacted NATO. We were told by a spokesperson that they were aware of the operation and that they have heard of some civilians who may have been injured in this strike,” our correspondent said.
Captain Luca Carniel, an ISAF spokesman, said ISAF had provided air support during the operation, but he said there had been no ISAF troops on the ground. The air strike had been requested by coalition forces, not their Afghan allies, he said.
Civilian deaths have been one of the most contentious issues in the 11-year campaign against Taliban fighters, provoking harsh criticism from the Afghan president and angry public protests.
After an air strike killed 10 civilians, mostly women and children, in February, Karzai banned Afghan security forces from calling in NATO air strikes.
The latest strike came a day after at least five Americans, including a young female diplomat, were killed in two Taliban attacks in the country’s east and south.
A suicide car bomber struck a NATO convoy in the southern province of Zabul on Saturday, killing three US soldiers and two civilians, one of whom was a female US diplomat.