Further proof that we are, in fact, very doomed as a culture:
Exhibit A: People are actually having a political slap fight with each other because the President didn’t use the word terrorism in his first remarks given after the Boston bombing.
Exhibit B: For most of us, our introduction to terrorism coincided with 9/11, in which a group of former Islamic rebels in a brutal civil war who were trained, formerly financed and aided by the United States decided to kill several thousand of us for political and religious reasons. Fast forward 12 years, and who could have predicted that giving aid (and military aid) in some cases to a group of Islamic rebels in the middle of civil war might one day come back to bite us in the butt?
Exhibit C: While we’re talking about predictions, who could have predicted that, even after a classroom full of 1st graders ends up getting shot with a couple hundred bullets, that Congress couldn’t even pass a toothless expansion of background checks for gun purchasers that 92% of Americans support?
Exhibit D: A nonpartisan (or closer bipartisan) review finds that we, in fact, did torture prisoners during the Bush administration. It is greeted with a collective yawn.
It’s been more than 24 hours since the explosions in Boston. But while new details emerge by the hour, the question on so many people’s minds remains unanswered: Who did it?
“The range of suspects and motives remains wide open,” FBI Special Agent Richard DesLauriers said, for the umpteenth time, at a press conference early Tuesday evening.
For many journalists I’ve spoken with today, this ignorance is tortuous. The identification of the attacker(s) and the reasons for the attack will likely have enormous political (and potentially geoplitical) ramifications, which will vary greatly depending on whether the attacker(s) is domestic or foreign, acting alone or as part of an organization. We’re standing on the verge of a very important national conversation about something, and we have no idea what it is.
There are people still hovering on the brink between life and death; people who have to get up this morning and in the middle of their grief, try and pull it together enough to make funeral arrangements or flight arrangements from China to lay their loved ones to rest, and our media is complaining because the Boston PD and the FBI aren’t sitting around gossiping with them.