Why would anybody see terrorism as a vehicle for change in this country?
Acts of violence against civilians are seen as a sign of strength and a challenge to authority in many animal communities (watch a documentary on chimps sometime), and probably in some human societies with authoritarian governments. But to most humans, it just comes off as cruel and cowardly – and this goes for both foreign and domestic terrorists.
I can't speak for anyone but myself, but whatever the cause or message espoused by the bombers, it interests me less today than it would have last weekend.
If they’re trying to scare me, they failed. If they're trying to quiet me, they failed. If they're trying to make me support them, they failed. If they're trying to make themselves look smaller, weaker and more pathetic, they succeeded.
I do wonder what message the Boston murderers were trying to get across. But I doubt it was the one they actually sent.
- Bob Sweet, Valparaiso