As the overhyped headlines about terrorism continue, I couldn’t help but reflect on the terrorism my nation commits daily abroad in nations like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, etc. One thought keeps breaking through:
If Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were hiding out in one of those nations where everyone isn’t wealthy and white, you know, the terrorist training grounds, the US government would have assassinated him without trial in a drone strike. Surrounding homes in this far-off neighborhood would have been leveled, and dozens of innocent lives would be taken in strikes like these day after day, month after month.
The question stares Americans in the face:
Would slaughtering a dozen Watertown residents to kill this one guy be an acceptable policy for you? What if it meant several strikes and hundreds of innocent lives?
The targets are civilians (written off as collateral damage at best), children as young as 8 are killed, and fear grips the lives of thousands — just like the Tsarnaev brothers did with their heinous bombing at the Boston Marathon, except this time sanctioned, supported, and funded by the United States of America.
That is what America does daily abroad with our immoral, illegal, and ineffective drone warfare. It seems the US government and the Tsarnaev brothers method isn’t so different after all — terrorism is always terrorism, no matter who commits it.