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  •  When I think of the older of the two bombers (8+ / 0-)

    I see many more parallels to a disaffected white male who feels he has not gotten from life and society what he feels he deserved to get from life and society.  Sorry for my poorly expressed sentence.  

    but it seems to me that the older brother blamed society for his not fitting in; having perhaps the success (financial and otherwise) that he thought he would and should have.  It made him bitter, resentful, angry, and ultimately he funneled his rage into this destructive, cowardly act.  

    I don't see it as anti-American so much as I see it as an act of frustrated rage that the life this man expected and felt he deserved, did not materialize.  

    •  an interesting perspective.... (3+ / 0-)
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      theKgirls, Chinton, alice kleeman

      and a situation that is shared by far too many in our country and in Europe - austerity often has severe consequences.

      To be without good work when you have a wife and a child, or even if you are alone, is one recipe for disaffection, extremism, and so forth.

      Of course, it's not the only recipe - but...

      Why the balanced-budget-at-all-costs crowd doesn't see that, I don't understand.

      It's well documented in the research that countries with large numbers of disaffected young men are ripe for revolution and street violence.

      It's well documented in our streets in communities where there are few good jobs and fewer anticipated opportunities.

      "There's nothing serious about a plan that claims to reduce the deficit by spending a trillion dollars on tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires." - President Obama

      by fhcec on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 11:38:37 AM PDT

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    •  lack of mental health strikes again (0+ / 0-)

      Are we looking once again at the results of our poor mental health care?  One too many blows to the head in the boxing ring, not followed up with good medical care? Too many blows to the heart and gut, as this austerity economy wipes out the chance for the American dream?  The actions can never be justified, but the anger can be understood.

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