12:45 PM EDT, April 18, 2013
What happened in Boston was a tragedy ("At least 3 dead, scores injured in Boston blasts," April 16). Our thoughts are with the victims and their families. We applaud the efforts of the first responders and nameless bystanders who ran to help. This senseless act will not be forgotten.
Having said that, I cannot but help feel resentment toward the way the media, both national and local, in print, on air and on screen, have turned this event into a national outcry, and yet another 24/7 self-indulgement-fest of getting the best coverage, hitting all the angles, and speaking to the most witnesses. Yet on Monday in Iraq, bombs killed 55 people and wounded hundreds. On Tuesday, an 8.0 earthquake has taken hundreds of lives in Iraq. It concerns me that our empathy for anything non-American is put on hold when such events happen in our country.
It also concerns me that once again, we hear the cries of blind patriotism and nationalism spurned on with statements such as "they are jealous of our freedoms" and "we are under attack." The same cries that where uttered to create and support the wars we have been waging for over a decade now. Has this country lost its moral compass? Do the deaths of those in Boston, tragic as they were, deserve our outcry and condemnation anymore then the innocent deaths that results from our drone strikes?
Pray for those in Boston if you must and as everyone is asking you to do, but afterward get off your knees and do something not just for the victims of that horrific event, but for the countless others that happen every day around the world. They deserve our tears, our prayers and our attention as well.
Robert Karp, Baltimore
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