January 7, 2001 |
Is America more violent than any other nation? The fact is that the United States is a violent place. As a nation, it was brought into being by violence as much as by statecraft, suppressed an entire people through slavery, re-earned its nationhood through a terrible civil war, then celebrated that unification through the systematic, genocidal decimation of its Native American peoples. And it hasn't stopped there. Consider the rampage of Howard Unruh in September 1949, in Camden, N.J.