April 17, 2013 |
Commenting on the horrific explosions in Boston, President Obama insisted Tuesday that "the American people refuse to be terrorized. " Brave words, but also accurate ones. In the years since 9/11, residents of this country have acquiesced in an array of inconveniences and encumbrances, hoping they are contributing to their own protection but often suspecting that this or that precaution is either arbitrary or useless. But even as they alternate between stoicism and resentment, Americans have continued to travel, socialize and take part in communal celebrations such as the Boston Marathon and New Year's Eve festivities in Times Square.
April 17, 2013 |
Charlie Hanger, the man who arrested Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, had already planned to speak to middle school students Friday on the 18th anniversary of the bombing. Now he anticipates questions from the young people about Monday's deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon, he told the Los Angeles Times. The Boston blasts, which left at least three people dead and more than 170 injured, struck a chilling chord for Oklahomans. On April 19, 1995, a Ryder truck with a fertilizer bomb exploded outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people, including 19 children at a daycare center.
April 16, 2013 |
The terrorist bombing at the Boston Marathon is yet another cause for despair. It places the hometown of Paul Revere, Sam Adams and the Sons of Liberty in company with Mumbai, Karachi and Baghdad, as well as Oklahoma City. Hour after hour Monday, the same heart-wrenching images cycled through the nonstop television coverage: moms, dads, kids, amateur athletes shooting for a personal best, all suddenly engulfed in horror. As I write, the death toll is set at three; the number of reported injuries has climbed to 134. Those numbers will probably be revised upward.
September 1, 2012
Responding to an Op-Ed article Sunday on last year's mass killings in Norway and Islamophobia, Larry Shapiro wrote in a letter published Tuesday: "Nathan Lean is more concerned by acts of vandalism against Muslim institutions, suggesting that these acts are inspired by various activists and writers who spread Islamophobia. His prescription is censorship. He suggests that right-wing terrorism is of greater concern. "American terrorism carried out by the likes of David Koresh and Timothy McVeigh has nothing to do with Muslims.
August 26, 2012 |
On Friday, a Norwegian court ruled that Anders Behring Breivik, who mowed down 77 people in a bombing and shooting rampage in Oslo in July 2011, was sane. It was a verdict that many had waited for, one ensuring that the cold and loveless man who carried out the country's worst bloodbath since World War II would be held responsible for his actions and not dismissed as a helpless victim of his sick mind. It was also the verdict that Breivik himself wanted. He loathed the idea of incarceration in a mental facility, a fate he called "worse than death," and insisted during the 10-week trial that his fertilizer bomb and machine gun were necessary instruments to stop what he viewed as a creeping Muslim takeover of Europe.
November 22, 2011 |
It only took a few minutes for Newt Gingrich to display the bluntness that has become his signature quality during the Republican presidential debates. Gathered at the Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall in Washington, the GOP presidential hopefuls were quizzed by CNN's Wolf Blitzer on foreign policy topics. First up was the Patriot Act. Asked whether the Patriot Act should be strengthened, Gingrich launched into a lecture about "the difference between national security requirements and criminal law requirements.