Who Did Not Cause the Boston Marathon Bombing

By: Daniel Nardini

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Commentary I am pretty much convinced who did not cause the bombing of innocent people at the Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts, on April 15. The U.S. government. While there are those right wing radio talk show hosts who will say that the U.S. government was the one responsible for the bombing, I can at best dismiss it as nothing more than conspiracy talk. I hear some of their reasons for why they think that the U.S. government would do this. The issues range from immigration reform to gun control to the budget battles. I am sorry, but I can see no clear connection even remotely for these issues and the bomb attack. More than that, I find this kind of anti-government talk offensive, and these right wing extremists seem to be alleging we are all being ruled by a gangster administration.

What has the U.S. government to gain by having agents plant bombs to kill and maim people? What is to be accomplished by sowing terror and mayhem at a time when U.S. President Barack Obama is pretty much secure in his position as president and the Democrats actually gained in the last election? Some right wing extremists allege that the U.S. government is even trying to get us into another war. As the United States draws down from the war in Afghanistan, what would the point be for getting into another war that the U.S. government cannot even pay for? Some right wing nutcases believe that the U.S. government caused the bombings to try and “unify” the people around some cause the government will be pushing for. This nonsense in my book is beyond crazy—if any of us even smelled the possibility of some conspiracy of the U.S. government to commit mass murder, then this act would have the opposite effect.

None of these right wing extremist arguments are credible. Only complete, paranoid whackos would think that somehow the U.S. government would commit such a heinous act. But then so many of these same paranoid nutcases believe that the U.S. government was responsible for the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995, and the attacks on the Twin Towers in New York City and on the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. In my view, it is complete madness to assume for one moment that the U.S. government would have assisted in the mass killing of so many innocent people without reason or precedent. My only hope is that this conspiracy viewpoint does NOT go beyond the maniacal ravings of a few unstable individuals.

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