BROADCASTING FROM Boston the day after the Marathon bombing, a correspondent for the French-Canadian TV channel LCN explained why Americans shouldn’t be surprised when such atrocities occurred. It’s the price they have to pay for being a superpower, Richard Latendresse told his viewers. It may be “un peu tragique,” he conceded. But hey, that’s what happens when a nation takes so much pride in its military power — and has inflicted similar suffering on others.
Writing in The Guardian the same day, Glenn Greenwald noted that so far there was “virtually no known evidence regarding who did it or why.” Yet one paragraph later, he was railing against “attacks that the US perpetrates rather than suffers” and calling the bombings “exactly the kinds of horrific, civilian-slaughtering attacks that the US has been bringing to countries in the Muslim world over and over and over.”