I shudder to think how many trees will die as we in my business spend countless days, weeks, and months trying to figure out why the Tsarnaev brothers allegedly repaid all the good will in this country with bombs.
I believe this journalistic and societal pursuit of the “why” is absolutely necessary as much as I believe it is entirely pointless. The idea that we can figure out why a resentful, angry young man and his stoner little brother would purposely kill and maim innocent human beings and somehow learn from this a way to dramatically reduce the prospect of it recurring, strikes me as hopelessly idealistic.
The younger of the Tsarnaev brothers told federal agents his big brother’s radicalization was rooted in his opposition to US intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Hey, I opposed those wars, too. I thought going into Iraq was unnecessary, that the justification for it was bogus, that the amount of blood spilled, both Iraqi and American, was not worth whatever the people who pushed for the war wanted to achieve. If we had a draft, if everybody had to go fight that war, including the kids and grandkids of the big shots in Washington, we never would have fought that war.
Afghanistan? Don’t get me started. The initial incursion, after 9/11, was absolutely necessary. Afghanistan was like spring training for terrorists who want to kill us. But we should have found, killed, or captured bin Laden and got the hell out. Diving into Iraq made that task far more difficult. Trying to drag Afghanistan into the 20th, much less the 21st, century with Western standards is a hopeless task. They’ll evolve at their own pace.
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