One death is a death too many

2013-04-21 14:00

The US was scalded again this week when two bomb blasts ripped through the benches near the finishing line of the Boston Marathon.

Three people died. Not “only” three people. But three people too many. By the end of the fateful day, Salah Eddin Barhoum was questioned in hospital.

He turned out to be a runner, but to many, this Saudi man was Suspect Number 1 because he happened to be Muslim. Boston’s Muslim community was on edge as Islamophobia reared its ugly head again.

A panicked security apparatus and media establishment let their slip show with racial profiling run rampant. There was no detail of investigation or respect for the principle of innocence until proven guilty.

That was until Thursday night when police hunted down two other suspects, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Tamerlan died in a shoot-out, said the police. By the time of writing, Boston was on tenterhooks as cops searched out the other brother.

All we know is that three people died and scores more were injured on a day usually marked by joy and the celebration of fitness in Boston, one of the centres of the US brains trust.

In the same week, 30 members of an Afghan wedding party were killed when a US airplane strafing went wrong, reported the BBC’s Pashto service.

This is a fairly common occurrence in the era of drone warfare practised by the US and sanctioned by its clients in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.

Every death is a death too many. As we wrote this column, there were reports of 27 Iraqis killed in Baghdad attacks – a region that has not been rid of violence and insecurity despite a long American occupation.

Drone warfare and the often indiscriminate killing it includes is as much a terror as the pressure cooker bombs that tore through Boston this week.

The US, as well as the rest of the world, needs to find more even-handed and fair ways of labelling and ending terrorism.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


10 best dressed men of 2017

And the awards for 2017's best dressed gentlemen go to...


You won't want to miss...

How to open a beer bottle without an opener
WATCH: Man films himself going down water slide upside down as things go very wrong…
WATCH: Conor McGregor: Notorious the trailer
Best date night restaurants in South Africa
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.