After more than a decade of very few terrorist attacks, the United States was once again struck by the invisible specter of terror following the April 15 bombings at the Boston Marathon that left three people dead and 185 injured. Unfortunately, these attacks are all to common in other parts of the world, where sectarian divides have driven societies from Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Syria into deadly conflicts over social, political and religious views.
According to Pakistan Body Count, since 2010 there have been 145 incidents throughout the country, leaving 5,634 dead. In a report released by Iraq Body Count, 91 bombings took place across the country in March alone. Civilian casualties in Afghanistan from 2010-2011 alone left 2700 dead, according to a report issued by CostofWar.org. Since the 2011 uprising in Syria, more than 70,000 people have been killed, causing a mass exodus of 1,118,219 civilians to the neighboring countries of Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Lebanon.
As the panic of the April 15 bombings unfolded, many people were left wondering why anyone would attack innocent civilians at a public event, on Patriots Day, nonetheless. But the scenes from Boston are all too familiar to residents of the aforementioned middle eastern countries.
While I was watching the news, and following the events progression through social media, many of the anchors covering the live footage could be heard asking, ‘What is the world coming to?’ but I could only think about the violence that occurs on a daily basis in other parts of the world. There news coverage of the daily attacks in US media in Iraq, Syria or Afghanistan has been relatively slim compared to the amount of coverage given by seemingly ever major US news network during the Boston attacks.
In the manhunt that shut down one of the largest east coast cities in the US, more than 4000 law enforcement officers were implemented to track down two suspects. The city was seemingly put under police law until the last suspect was aprehended on Friday.
If there are suicide attacks in a middle eastern country it seems to be the norm to the American public, while an attack on an American city is considered devastating.