Boston Marathon Killings (Updated after one death.)

I don’t know who killed three people and wounded a hundred others at the Boston marathon. You don’t know either. Everyone should resist the temptation to guess at who is responsible for this act of terrorism.

The disturbing thought crosses my mind that the plotter or plotters expressed in several ways a good understanding of American culture in his/ their choice of target, in his/their grasp of the mechanics of a marathon.

Yet, the use of a pressure-cooker as a weapon points to a foreign extraction or experience. I would think, Indian subcontinent.

I suspect we will know more soon. Terrorists usually leave signatures. Otherwise, their gesture is in vain.

Update 4/19/13 :    Boston is under lock and key after a suspect allegedly killed a peace officer and another suspect fled.

The only suspects identified are Muslims from Russia (from one of the Republics that constitute the “Russian Federation,” Russia, “Chechnya.”)

The suspects gained admittance to the US as refuges, they were given asylum.

Chechens as Chechens have good reason to hate the dominant Grand Russians (Russia Russian ) establishment that devastated their part of the country in the nineties. I don’t see how they can have any anger or rancor toward the US. If those two guys are indeed the culprits in the Marathon  assassinations, it cannot be because of nationalist resentment. There has to be another reason.

So, I look at the date of the crime, Tax Day and, I tell myself that they were two more American residents angry at taxes who happen to have Muslim names.

I hope my habitual libertarian and liberal critics on this blog will agree with me, this time, just this one time.

PS I agree that we don’t know who committed the crimes right now.

 

About Jacques Delacroix

I write short stories, current events comments, and sociopolitical essays, mostly in English, some in French. There are other people with the same first name and same last name on the Internet. I am the one who put up on Amazon in 2014: "I Used to Be French: an Immature Autobiography" and also: "Les pumas de grande-banlieue." To my knowledge, I am the only Jacques Delacroix with American and English scholarly publications. In a previous life, I was a teacher and a scholar in Organizational Theory and in the Sociology of Economic Development. (Go ahead, Google me!) I live in the People’s Green Socialist Republic of Santa Cruz, California.
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13 Responses to Boston Marathon Killings (Updated after one death.)

  1. Terry Amburgey says:

    “Yet, the use of a pressure-cooker as a weapon points to a foreign extraction or experience.”

    Before the internet age perhaps so.

    • Prof. Terry: I don’t really know, of course. I am just guessing. My guess is based on the assumption that in every endeavor, people are most likely to use objects with which they are familiar.
      Incidentally, this cognitive imperative is broadly ignored by American social sciences, I think.
      (Of course, I am only saying this hing you will jump an yet another opportunity to correct me if I am wrong.)

      What’s your guess?

      • Terry Amburgey says:

        Given the [alleged] ease of finding ‘how to build a bomb’ instructions on the internet I think the importance of experience & familiarity is attenuated. Pressure cookers were certainly a part of my every day life growing up but that was a very long time ago. It’s probably been a good 20 years since I’ve seen one. I will defer to you that they are more common in the Indian subcontinent. However, if the schmuck posting the instructions were from the Indian subcontinent it could still be another schmuck from Kentucky building the bomb. I will not be doing any internet searches on bomb building instructions to see if, in fact, they are easy to find.

        “They can’t help it, they’re governed by their emotions.”

        I will admit that I am. Things like this fill me with an incredible sense of rage and frustration. If I were a better person it would be compassion for the victims. But I’m not that better person.

        I’m not happy with the media but for different reasons than Bruce. I was fiddling on my computer with CNN on TV in the background. I got up to go the the bathroom for a tissue for some sneezing. Just in time to hear a reporter interviewing a victim say “Can we see your wound?” What kind of sick @%&$! asks that of a bombing victim? Do “journalists” have no shame?

      • I have no quarrel about any of this.

        Journalists have no shame except those from the WSJ and the Weekly Standard. Fox News reporters are a little more restrained than most. Check it out.

    • Terry Amburgey says:

      “I hope my habitual libertarian and liberal critics on this blog will agree with me, this time, just this one time.”

      As reluctant as I am, I must agree.

      “Chechens as Chechens have good reason to hate the dominant Grand Russians (Russia Russian ) establishment that devastated their part of the country in the nineties. I don’t see how they can have any anger or rancor toward the US. If those two guys are indeed the culprits in the Marathon assassinations, it cannot be because of nationalist resentment. There has to be another reason.”

      i too, don’t see the reason for anger towards the US bu since I don’t see how political anger translates into killing innocents I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.

      “So, I look at the date of the crime, Tax Day and, I tell myself that they were two more American residents angry at taxes who happen to have Muslim names.”

      I doubt it. i suspect the younger [19 years old] even has to file.

  2. ~Michael~ says:

    We are witnessing a part of the human condition. Desperation tends to lead to desperate measures. Obviously, we do not have all the facts; yet, it does not take a rocket scientist to realize humans have always acted in this way.

    • Michael: What desperation would lead you to murder an eight-year old stranger?

      Hyenas among us need killing .

      • Terry Amburgey says:

        “Hyenas among us need killing”.

        This comparison is slanderous to hyenas.

      • Not really. Some hyenas do need to killing, including animals.

      • ~Michael~ says:

        Without having all of the facts, one could surmise that this is an attempt to destabilize the U.S. government by creating fear in a public space. The perpetrator(s) choose an innocent event that obviously did not have proper security measures in place. This is similar to the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. Who would have thought that innocent children would be slaughtered simply because their parents used the daycare services provided at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building?

        Again, this is part of the human condition that all of us possess. The vast majority of us never act on the evilness we inherently posses.

  3. Bruce says:

    As usual, you exercise the proper caution instead of jumping to conclusions about this tragedy. It’s this kind of restraint we are not seeing from the main-stream media. They are the first to speculate without any facts. They can’t help it, they’re governed by their emotions. And they’re controlled by their ideology. Sadly, many of them are wondering how this tragedy can help advance their agenda, instead of being genuinely interested in helping victims recover. Some of the really hard core libs might even lament “Hmmmm, looks like the gun grab effort has lost steam, it could have been a real game changer had a white supremist gone crazy with an AK-47 instead of a lone wolf with a couple of bombs.” Not sure if a major terrorist organization will take responsibility like they usually do. They’re yellow bellies and might not want to risk getting hunted down and held accountable like they have been recently. In general, we have been very fortunate to have had few of these terror attacks. It does serve to drive home one point though- our men and women have been serving in this dangerous environment overseas for a long time. I think it’s fair to say we got an awakening with these two IED’s. The “real world” is indeed like this Brandon. It’s interesting how difficult a time Obama seemed to have calling it a terrorist attack. I wonder if a guy like Major Hasan (Ft Hood) is responsible whether they will re-classify it “workplace violence”. That might be too late, even if it’s the work of muslim extremists. Maybe Obama has a hard time condemning murderous bombers since his idol Bill Ayres was one. It is a terrible situation, since there is almost no way to defend against this kind of warfare. It’s virtually impossible to stop these monsters without sacrificing nearly all the freedom we enjoy and the happiness there is to pursue. Sure hope they catch the cowardly perps.

  4. I was speaking tongue in cheek.

    See my more serious posting: Terrorists: The Immigrations Side…

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