Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Boston bombs reverberate around the world

It happened live on Twitter: the flames of coordinated bombs and clouds of debris were shared instantly by iPhone; people's horror in streams of tweets. The screams echoed around the world; the pools of blood; the sirens of the firefighters; the instant response of the National Guard; the picture of a young man in a wheelchair with half a leg blown away, bone protruding, flesh hanging. Three dead; at least 140 injured; some scarred and maimed for life. Awful. Absolutely awful.

The President was briefed by his Homeland Security team and the FBI: they 'continue to monitor and respond to the situation'. He directed the full resources of the Federal Government to help state and local authorities protect his people - the American people, who were asked to say prayers. The President and First Lady sent their deepest thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims in the wake of this senseless loss.

In situations like this, there are no Republicans or Democrats: they are Americans, united in concern for their fellow citizens. The priority is care for the victims and counselling for their families. America is united in grief with the people of Boston. The free world is united in shock with the people of America.

We still do not know who did this or why. The President has warned against jumping to conclusions before we have all the facts. "But make no mistake," he assured, "we will get to the bottom of this. And we will find out who did this; we'll find out why they did this. Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice."

It is difficult to assure the wounded and grieving what 'the full weight of justice' may mean in cases of terrorism: political killing is only rendered illegitimate by the target; the perpetrator justifies tyrannicide as legitimate if low-level warfare. The principles of the Just War are not universal to all religions and cultures: harmless civilians can be as culpable as responsible politicians. The crimes of the elected are shared by the electorate, and unilateralism - the terrorists' political philosophy - justifies the aversion of a greater evil. Deontologically, the innocents of Boston are members of the oppressor group, or they just got in the way: they are 'collateral damage'. Either way, the objectives of the terrorist are justified because they deny they are terrorists: they are freedom fighters, in which paradigm terrorism and political violence against the state is always justified.

We don't yet know the grievance of these murderous criminals, but we can know that they rail against a perceived injustice and are motivated by a higher moral code. There is no easy distinction between terrorism and the ostensibly legitimate use of military force which may be called into question if the actions of some end up terrorising people into submission. Freedom is constrained, rights are infringed, and virtues are relativised.

At least 31 people were killed and more than 200 maimed and wounded in Baghdad yesterday, too.

But nobody cares very much about that.


Blogger J G Pelham said...

It's only justifiable if news is the reporting of abnormal events. How common are atrocities in Baghdad?

16 April 2013 at 10:36  
Blogger Manfarang said...


16 April 2013 at 11:25  
Blogger The Gray Monk said...

Atrocities are unacceptable wherever they are committed, the media no longer see Baghdad as news, but that doesn't mean the murderous scum that commit them there are any less evil (or any more 'justified') than whoever has committed this attack. Those of us who have been on the receiving end of actions such as this have no sympathy with those who commit them, whatever their 'cause.'

These cowards call their actions 'war' but they target the defenceless, not the military, because they know the military will deal with them instantly, the women, children and innocent bystanders are just 'targets' to them, a means of grabbing media attention in order to publicise their 'demands.'

Bombing a crowd of holiday makers, sprotspeople or shoppers is the action of a coward. With apologies, YG, my Christian charity does not extend to those who resort to this sort of action. I would cheerfully support their summary removal from the genepool.

16 April 2013 at 13:50  
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16 April 2013 at 16:54  
Blogger Julia Gasper said...

Over the past few months many Christians have been attacked or murdered in Egypt by Muslim terrorists. Their homes and churches have been burned down. Yet we hear nothing about this in the mainstream media.
COLLEYVILLE, TX. April 14, 2013 -- Statement from His Grace Bishop Youssef, Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States, regarding the violence which erupted at the St. Mark Cathedral—the #Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate in Cairo, #Egypt, on April 7, 2013:

The world has been monitoring the historic transition of what was promised to be a surge of democracy for all Egyptian people, Christians and Muslims. The recent assail on April 7, 2013 at the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate, in a series of other assaults on #Copts at various districts throughout Egypt, has fundamentally undermined the movement with disgrace. The onslaught of innocent Christians in a pervasive and remorseless series of attacks severely threatens the healing of a wounded nation which has been marred by pandemonium and incessant, systematic subjugation of the marginalized Coptic people.

This most recent attack, during a funeral procession of Christian martyrs on the Cathedral grounds including the Papal Residence, is deplorable. Christians have the right to live in Egypt with every human dignity as any Muslim. In this sad occasion—another defining radical occurrence—law enforcement abandoned their call of duty to protect the victims and allowed extremists to dictate violence, resulting in more injuries and adversity amongst the people.

If the goal is to destroy Egypt and all hope for peace and democracy, then persistent religious persecution of the Copts in Egypt will achieve that futile goal without a doubt. History attests that never have offenses stemmed from the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt or in any other land. Thus, this persecuted, indigenous people have benevolently contributed to the prosperity of Egypt. Even though their blood stains the hands of their foes, the Church will continue to shine and thrive forever.

All God-fearing and civil-minded people of all religions and ethnicities around the world have been gazing in horror at the collapse of empty promises and demand the political and religious leadership of Egypt to swiftly denounce all forms of hatred, discrimination, and brutality targeting Christians.

16 April 2013 at 16:55  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

A shocking incident of hate against innocent people. May God take his retribution of the perpetrators at their day of judgement (Boston)

The usual and regular senseless carnage inflicted by followers of the religion of peace (Baghdad).

16 April 2013 at 18:01  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

More musing from the Inspector. He could say how regrettable the loss of life is in Baghdad. He could pretend to grieve along with the victims families. But he cannot. You see, the place is so far away, the protagonists so familiar, the people so alien and the incident so routine that it is of nothing to this man, absolutely nothing if they seek to cut their own throats. And if the truth be known, one suspects the same sentiment applies to you to, dear reader.

Now, the Boston bombing. That’s different. That was our type being targeted. Somehow, they matter in a way the Baghdadi victims don’t; they are deserving of our concern. We cannot be concerned with the violence of other peoples, whose mentality we don’t fully understand, and probably never will.

16 April 2013 at 18:02  
Blogger Dreadnaught said...

A cruel act of random murder by a random maniac; while our judges refuse to extradite Abu Hamza's right hook man to face charges of terrorist activities.

On a positive note, maybe the Irish Bostonians who supported the IRA and feted Adams and McGuinness will appreciate how their donations were put to use in the UK.

16 April 2013 at 18:24  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Dreadnaught, your last sentence. Can see where you are coming from, but sadly you marred it with ‘positive note’.

16 April 2013 at 18:40  
Blogger Tanfield said...

Mr Dreadnaught,
Apart from the first four words the last paragraph of your contribution above took the words right out of my mouth !

16 April 2013 at 19:48  
Blogger John Magee said...

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16 April 2013 at 20:25  
Blogger Dreadnaught said...

One has to be positive or they(?) will have achieved their objective.

16 April 2013 at 20:38  
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16 April 2013 at 20:52  
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16 April 2013 at 20:53  
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16 April 2013 at 21:03  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

John, your anger understood. But your disdain of all of us here ? No. We GRIEVE along side you.

16 April 2013 at 21:07  
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16 April 2013 at 21:10  
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16 April 2013 at 21:22  
Blogger William said...


The thought had occurred to me too. One wonders if their contributions to Noraid will fall/be regretted after witnessing a terrorist atrocity on their own doorstep.

16 April 2013 at 21:34  
Blogger John Magee said...


Based on the Church of England's complete lack of concern in the past for mass starvation and persecution of Scottish Christians during the Highland Clearances in the 17th century, the Irish Potatoe famine of the 1840's, the genocide of almost 3 million Armenians and Greeks by the Muslim Turks in the early part of the last century, and the forced Ukrainian Famine of the 1930's which killed at least 7 million Orthodox christian Ukrainians in the former USSR as well as it's weak response to the Holocaust of the Jews of Europe and mass murder of 20 million Christians in the USSR during WW II do you honestly think this narcissistic national "church" cares anything about the ancient Christian Orthodox and Catholic communities in the Middle East and the persecution by Islam they today? The Church of England is obsessed with bishopettes, priestesses, gay "marriage and other nonsense which it's bored clergy, who face empty churches every Sunday, tink is more important than having anything but superificial concern about the persecution of our brother and sister Christians by Islam in the Middle East. Do you realize only 100 years ago Christians were about 20% of the population of the Middle East and today they are less than 3%? Bethlehem was 80% Christian only 50 years ago and now it is majority Muslim. The Church of England will collapse like a house of cards the day the British Monarchy is dissolved and it's clergy know this. Poor things. Their clergy will be job hunting with many headed toward that Basilica near the Tiber in Rome. What does that say about the C of E's roots and historic continuity when compared to the rock like stability in spite of terrible persecutions suffered by the Catholic Church, both Latin and Greek, who trace their unbroken roots directly back almost 2,000 years to Pentecost? The Church of England will do nothing to help the ancient Christian Churches in the Middle east because it is not PART of them no matter how much it lies and trys to stretch Church history and tries to make people believe it is so. This phoney national church's clergy don't even believe it themselves. If the Church of England does survive in some form or another it will have that baffoon Prince Charles (or former Prince Charles)as it's head. he is an idiot with Islamic sympathies, who wants to change the title the Pope once gave Henry VIII for defending the 7 sacraments and attacking Luther as "Defender of the Faith", to Charles's politically correct desire to be called "defender of the FAITHS". How can you face a future of belonging to a national church headed by a nit wit?

16 April 2013 at 22:45  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

John. You are damn right Sir. It’s all there, in a nutshell...

16 April 2013 at 22:52  
Blogger Peter Thomas said...

Some food for thought there, John Magee. However, on the tragic events in Boston; there are many decent people in the UK who are extremely sympathetic and whose thoughts and prayers are with dead and injured and their families. Comments about Noraid etc and linking that to Boston's tragic events are completely uncalled for and utterly disgraceful. Good wishes and kind regards, Mr Magee.


16 April 2013 at 22:56  
Blogger Peter D said...

Pray that God receive all victims of terrorist murder into His hands and that He brings His comfort to their families, friends and communities.

16 April 2013 at 23:07  
Blogger William said...

Peter Thomas

There is nothing uncalled for or disgraceful in calling out and linking terrorism, whether it hails from Boston, Baghdad or Belfast.

Peter D


16 April 2013 at 23:22  
Blogger Peter Thomas said...

Peter, The comments I noted were not linking terrorism but implying those in Boston who funded the IRA were now getting their just deserts. Well, I'm sure that poor little boy who died, his poor Sister who has lost a limb, his poor Mum who is badly injured and his Father who has to cope with all this, plus the others who died and those injured were, before all this happened fervent supporters of the IRA - I think not!!! Such comments as I saw are a disgrace as are those who made them.

Peter Thomas

16 April 2013 at 23:37  
Blogger Peter D said...

Peter T

I completely agree and my comment was directed at this shameful observation:

"Now, the Boston bombing. That’s different. That was our type being targeted. Somehow, they matter in a way the Baghdadi victims don’t; they are deserving of our concern. We cannot be concerned with the violence of other peoples, whose mentality we don’t fully understand, and probably never will."

17 April 2013 at 00:11  
Blogger Julia Gasper said...

@John Magee.
Your sentences are too long, you are getting lost in them and you are putting apostrophes where they are not needed. The 3rd person possessive neuter is "ITS".

17 April 2013 at 00:54  
Blogger Peter D said...

A few paragraphs would help too.

17 April 2013 at 01:24  
Blogger William said...

Peter Thomas @23:37

I said no such thing. The implication is all yours.

Terrorism is as indiscriminate now as it has always been.

17 April 2013 at 06:20  
Blogger William said...

One wonders if the sponsors of Noraid had the same attitude to bombs going off in the UK as the Inspector has to bombs going off in Baghdad.

17 April 2013 at 06:36  
Blogger William said...

In case of doubt, I am not at all implying that the Inspector condones terrorism.

17 April 2013 at 06:58  
Blogger William said...

And today we bury the woman who refused to bend to the IRA terrorist and was nearly killed for it.

"That is the scale of the outrage in which we have all shared, and the fact that we are gathered here now—shocked, but composed and determined—is a sign not only that this attack has failed, but that all attempts to destroy democracy by terrorism will fail."

17 April 2013 at 08:44  
Blogger Dreadnaught said...

Peter Thomas
... implying those in Boston who funded the IRA were now getting their just deserts...

That's not what I implied at all - this is your deliberate mis-interpretation. If I had intended to make such an inference I would have clearly stated it so.

17 April 2013 at 10:03  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

There is nothing shameful in admitting a complete indifference when it comes to Islamic violence on fellow muslims. What would you have – a deceitful discourse on how this man is wailing over the 31 dead, or the damn truth…

Anyway, they should all be used to it over there by now. Seems to be a racial matter. The lesser the people, the more casually they waste human life, including their own. Now that rule of thumb also applies to types that mutilate their daughters’ genital area with a tin can lid. 60000 ruined women like that in the UK alone, don’t you know. And posing a serious risk they’ll suffer their up and coming generations of females here to the same.

Do you think the Baghdad bombers will have largely forgotten what they did by this time next year – this man thinks they will…

17 April 2013 at 18:22  
Blogger Julia Gasper said...

As far as I am aware the Armenian genocide took place during the First World War, when Britain and Turkey were on opposing sides. So to send any aid to the victims, even had British people been aware of what was going on, might have been rather difficult.

17 April 2013 at 18:28  
Blogger Hannah Kavanagh said...

John Magee,

The anti-american jibes have come from an Irish Roman Catholic (which religion are you again?), but in a previous thread you couldn't help but throw in a dig at British Jews. Mrs Thatcher, was an MP for a place in Britian with a very large Jewish population... hate to pop your bubble and all...

17 April 2013 at 18:47  
Blogger Hannah Kavanagh said...

As for the latest terrorist attrocity, I hope that the Americans will find those responsible and hang them up the nearest lampost.... but wait this is America.

So they'll get due process and justice, something which the terrorist is unfamiliar with...

17 April 2013 at 18:52  
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17 April 2013 at 21:12  
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17 April 2013 at 21:14  
Blogger John Magee said...


My memory is a bit foggy but I seem to recall the Armenian and Greek genocide in Turkey was at it's height between 1919 and 1922which of course was after WW I had ended. In any event over 2 million Christian Armenians in Eastern Turkey and over 800,00 Christian Greeks in Western Turkey were slaughtered by the Muslim Turks during that period of time. The Greeks in Turkey had lived there for over 3,000 years and their way of life in Muslim Turkey vanished almost over night in the early 1920's. The Western media did report about this Christian holocaust in Turkey back then but very little was done, other than food sent to the starving Armenians, by the British, Americans, and others.

I am 65 years old and have suffered two mild stokes over the past year. I apologize for my typos. But I think I made my point crystal clear

17 April 2013 at 21:23  
Blogger Ivan said...

Before Erdogan Pasha threw a spanner in the works, the Israeli government would carry water for the Turks, by derogating mention of the Armenian Genocide in official circles whenever they were in a position to do so. This uncalled for activity of theirs against the interests of another nation, left a rather bad taste in the mouth. Either the Armenian Genocide was a planned destruction of a target population, or it was an extended period of sanguinary violence that accompanies the breakdown of civil authority. What it cannot be is a political football; to be used by the Israeli government to favour their ally as they saw fit.

18 April 2013 at 01:46  

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