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Like almost everyone in this country I watched the entire drama in Watertown today. This was the closing chapter in a dramatic tragedy.  Three innocents killed, 140+ injured, one police officer killed and another at risk of losing his life.

Like almost everyone in this country I watched nothing today about a blast that destroyed a large portion of a town, killed 14 (9 were first-responders), and put 200 in hospital.

In The Hunger Games, the only lives of people in District 12 that were important were the two combatants whose struggles were televised, though it is obvious that many died in that district from disease or malnutrition.  All this was part of a government plot.

The differences in the visibility and nation attention between Watertown/Boston and West were not part of a goverment plot.  One reason for these differences is the way in which information and news are disseminated in America today.  In Watertown/Boston, there was the excitement of the chase.  In West, there was the horror of a search thru debris for bodies.  In Watertown/Boston the killers were individuals who had many who would talk about them.  In West, The West Fertilier Company was a faceless corporate entity.

Another reason is our national confusion about the nature of violence.  Planting a bomb is obviously an act of violence.  It is done with malice and it results in injury.  Operating an unsafe fertilizer plant is done thru inattention, inability, or greed.  It creates a bomb much more dangerous than anything you can put in a backpack.    

The Boston bombing was an American tragedy. The response to the Boston bombing was an heroic effort that we must all applaud.

None of us will probably notice any law enforcement response to the tragedy in West.  Civil suits will undoubtedly be filed.  But, civil suits really just take care of the plantiff, not the underlying problem.  In all likelihood, there won't be a response from the criminal justice system.  But, corportations and the politicians and bureaucrats that allow them to far more frequently and violently wreak the havoc that they do--will always be more of a threat to our citizenry than two young men gone terribly wrong.  Those young men have, or wil, pay the price of their violence.

My heart goes out to those who lost someone and those injured in Boston.  My heart also goes out to those in West, Texas,who are no less the victims of violence.  It was murder in Boston.  It wasn't murder in West, but it was dreadful, deadly violence.  Will anyone pay the price?

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  •  Tip Jar (16+ / 0-)

    The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery, a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a spring of capital truths, and oneself for an oracle is inborn in us." Paul Valery, French poet, essayist, philosopher, and curmudgeon, 1895

    by ATexican on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 10:24:17 PM PDT

  •  Thank you for posting this (5+ / 0-)
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    irate, cal2010, Kevskos, sturunner, efrenzy

    You have put into words what I've not been able to, I truly appreciate it.

  •  We're certainly on the same page, (10+ / 0-)

    but I would go even further. People say "oh my god, terrorism," but do they say, "oh my god, corporations?"

    Statistically, your employer is far more dangerous than a terrorist.

  •  Civil suits are not good social policy (2+ / 0-)
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    isabelle hayes, efrenzy

    The two explosions, one in Boston and one in West, Tx., provide us with some interesting comparisons.  You have a good sense to see this and write about it.

    We know from experience that EVERYTHING will be done to prevent another explosion like the one in Boston.  Including passing new laws, abandoning old laws (Miranda rights, freedom from government search, etc).  Committes will be formed to investigate how this happened and how best to prevent future incidents.  The laws will be stretched to provide the swiftest and most terrible punishment possible for those responsible.

    We also know that very little will be done to prevent another explosion like the one in West, Tx.  The police and courts are far too over-burdened and underpaid to investigate whether any laws were broken.  The owners and financial backers of the fertilizer plant will use their wealth and policial connections to soften and gentle any legal consequence that comes.  Effected individuals will be required to use their own resources to bring civil suits against the owners of the plant, who are probably already filing bankruptcy pleadings to protect their wealth.  Surveillence and checkig of similar factories will be put aside as "unnecessary regulation that hurts job creators" and too expensive for tax payers.

    (As an aside, yesterday's death toll in West Tx. stood at 12 - more than twice the number killed in Boston - and with some 60+ still missing, could go much higher still.)

    We are blessed in this country to suffer much less terrorism than in most parts of the world.  Sadly, we are unable to see the dangers of unregulated business and terrorism in the proper perspective.

    "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

    by Hugh Jim Bissell on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 07:28:23 AM PDT

  •  May the odds be ever in your favor. (0+ / 0-)

    .... Republicans have no regard for the lives of the actually living, so this is what you get.

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