The recent horrific Boston bomb attack left millions asking "Why?" Today, the answer.
According to an April 23 HuffingtonPost blog by Simon McCormick, "Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 'the 19-year-old suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, has told interrogators that the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan motivated him and his brother to carry out the attack,' the Post writes, citing 'U.S. officials familiar with the interviews.'"
His article concludes with: "The Boston Bombing took place just days after a deadly attack in Afghanistan killed 17 civilians, including 12 children, according to the New York Times. The Afghan government blames the C.I.A. for the attack, while the agency itself refused to comment."
Bob Dylan famously sang, "A hard rain's gonna fall." Given how the U.S. has destructively interfered in the affairs of scores of sovereign nations over recent decades, we could be in for a deluge of blowback.
Imagine you have a neighbor who lets his dog poop in your yard. What might work better to encourage him to corral his beast, blowing up his garage or giving him $500? Imagine giving Afghans and Iraqis the billions of dollars spent destroying their countries and killing them... in cash! I wonder, which approach might foster better international relations?
The lesson for us? Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Too bad we've never heard that advice before.