“The Boston Bombings Gave Americans a Taste of the Terrorism the U.S. Inflicts Abroad Every Day” – Opinion column

“It’s rare for privileged Westerners to see, graphically, what many others experience daily”


By Noam Chomsky | AlterNet

“April is usually a cheerful month in New England, with the first signs of spring, and the harsh winter at last receding. Not this year.

“There are few in Boston who were not touched in some way by the marathon bombings on April 15 and the tense week that followed. Several friends of mine were at the finish line when the bombs went off. Others live close to where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the second suspect, was captured. The young police officer Sean Collier was murdered right outside my office building.

“It’s rare for privileged Westerners to see, graphically, what many others experience daily – for example, in a remote village in Yemen, the same week as the marathon bombings.

“On April 23, Yemeni activist and journalist Farea Al-Muslimi, who had studied at an American high school, testified before a US Senate committee that right after the marathon bombings, a drone strike in his home village in Yemen killed its target.

“The strike terrorized the villagers, turning them into enemies of the United States – something that years of jihadi propaganda had failed to accomplish.’

[Columbia news, views & reviews’ NOTE: Terrorism exists in many of the nations in which individual freedoms are diminished. Yet, there are those who believe that the U.S. must have “more security” in the shadow of the Boston bombing.

At what price? Fewer freedoms. We are reminded of this quote from American statesman: “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

Here are two interesting columns about the topic of increased security for diminished freedom; note that one was written on July 4, 2002, less than a year after another act of terrorism.

“Freedom Vs. Security” – The Daily Beast, July 2002

“In our opinion: Security vs. freedom”The Deseret News, Salt Lake City, UT

To read this AlterNet column in its entirety, click here.

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