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The Boston Bombing: The Terrorists Won

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“Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more; it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”  —William Shakespeare

It’s been two weeks since the Boston bombing. I’ve never heard so much bullshit in my life. Or more accurately, I’ve never heard so much pontificating crap regarding such a minor event. My God, one would think another Pearl Harbor or 9/11 happened from all the calls from on high for vengeance and change. Perspective people, two disaffected losers set off some bombs. Something that has happened multiple times in US history. Then, sanity prevailed, and life went on while the authorities did their job and hunted down the perpetrators. Except this time, it’s the crime of the century, and both the immediate response and the aftermath have been wildly out of proportion. The Mayor of New York has even suggested changing the Constitution, or at least our interpretation of it, in response to this. Good job freakazoids, now our real enemies know how to spook us; a few backpack bombs and we will run around like chickens with their heads cut off.

In other words, we’ve so obsessed on preventing another 9/11 that our response to this bombing was wildly out of proportion. 9,000 troops deployed to hunt down a teenager? A whole city placed under unconstitutional martial law? American citizens treated like an occupied country? Because of one wounded teenager? This was insane. You’d have thought Chuck Norris was loose with a neutron bomb for God’s sake. And the thing that really shows how absurd this all was,  the bomber wasn’t caught until after people were let out of their homes and a citizen spotted him. The whole goddamn shutdown of the city, and the massive cost that entailed, was completely utterly unnecessary. And yet people cheer, so caught up in the Hollywood style dark comedy that the War on Terror has become.

I have bad news people. We can’t prevent all terrorist attacks, assuming this is even terrorism, which is a stretch at this point. Welcome to reality. I mean, after 9/11 we spent trillions of dollars on foreign wars and creating the greatest expansion of federal government ever, so called Homeland Security. And we passed vast and sweeping laws allowing government unprecedented powers to snoop in the name of security. And with all this staggering expense, an expense that rivals our spending in World War Two, we still got “attacked.” And the knee-jerk response from government and pundits is “We need more security!” No, we need more sanity. We should analyze the risks facing America like adults, and not be panicked into doubling down on a strategy that not only has failed, a strategy that is making terrorism more likely, not less.

It’s already clear that it aint going to happen, self-reflection and debate is no longer part of the American character. Americans are living in a Dickian Hollywood movie now, a scary world where imaginary Hitlers infest every corner of the globe and must be fought with ever more blood and sacrifice. The Republic has failed.

(The above image is claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law. It’s not being used for profit and it is central to illustrating the post. Tomorrow, ten specific ways our response to Boston was exactly what our enemies wanted.)


Written by unitedcats

May 1, 2013 at 9:28 am

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  1. This is probably what Bin Laden & company had in mind all along: a one-shot, all-or-nothing, overwhelming kind of attack that, if successful, would trigger the exact kind of self-destructive response we’re experiencing now and have been since September 12, 2001. They don’t have to pull off another attack on that scale ever again, and couldn’t anyway. Just once is all they needed; The USA will pull itself to pieces from within. The whole world is laughing at us, and it’s richly deserved. That whole sorry crowd of Neocons who got us into this quagmire should be publicly horsewhipped.


    May 1, 2013 at 11:56 am

  2. Does no one find it a bit strange that the surviving bomber has been charged with using a Weapon of Mass Destruction. You know, the Weapons of Mass Destruction Blair sent the British army into Iraq to find. Well they didn’t find any there. Maybe the Iraqis were not advanced enough to develop the pressure cooker.


    May 1, 2013 at 3:27 pm

  3. While it is true that a few people were injured, the extent of those injuries was pretty severe and there was a death resulting from this act of cowardice and

    Sent from my iPhone


    May 2, 2013 at 12:40 am

    • I apologies for the above message ending where it did. Battery issues. The act of bombing an event that has nothing to do with politics or aggression is cowardly and shows a complete lack of forethought. It’s appropriate that the death was one of the bombers. The ensuing talk of renewing our commitment to the war on terror has actually distracted the American public from the rhetoric of North Korea and the furtherance of restrictions on the second amendment.


      May 2, 2013 at 1:14 am

  4. The bigger picture?


    May 5, 2013 at 5:27 am

  5. hahahaha


    August 27, 2014 at 5:41 pm

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