Anger and disbelief in democracy may fuel terrorists
Whenever an act of violence occurs in the United States, the country suddenly awakens to possible terrorism. This occurred in 2001 with the tragic attacks on the World Trade Center and again at the Boston Marathon in 2013.
We cannot believe that anyone would take the lives of innocent people who were out to enjoy a race on the Monday of April known as Patriots’ Day. It happened just before 3 p.m. as ball bearings, nails and BBs maimed people near the finish line killing three people and injuring more than 180.
Terrorism seems to be synonymous for dampening pleasure. We assume the person or persons responsible for these horrendous acts are simply unbalanced psychologically. We have a strange sense of self-protection know- ing we were not on the scene of the multiple injuries and death. We also have a peculiar sense of self-survival ounce the horrific memories fade and our country returns to normalcy.
While the attack on our citizens is fresh in our minds, we fear more terrorism and hope there were only one or a few perpetrators of injury and death of the innocent victims among us. We hope they will be caught and all will be well again.
The time has come for us not to wait for the all-clear sound, but to try to understand why anyone would carry out these crimes against the innocent. We hope the perpetrators are caught and life returns to normal. Unfortunately, history tends to repeat itself.
A terrorist feels angry and believes no one will listen and understand the problems they perceive. The terrorist feels helpless and that voting and elections will never solve the problems facing a small group of unhappy people or large numbers who can’t get enough attention. A terrorist believes the only way to change the course of history is with poison or bombs loaded with ball bearings.
The terrorist may seek others who are just as angry. It is the sharing of plans that sometimes alerts the authorities that danger is coming.
There is a strong possibility that a potentially dangerous person will seek out others who are sympathetic to a violent coming event.
The angry individual may feel power by promoting a variety of terrorism. It is not unlikely that mailing envelopes with the deadly poison, ricin, may cause endless anxiety. This occurred when an envelope with a threatening note was sent to a mail processing facility in Greenville, S.C., in 2003.
The perpetrator will sometimes send warning messages through the mail. It is often nearly impossible to find out who the perpetrator is although quite often a person is so unhappy with life in America, it becomes necessary to send a message explaining why all the terrorism was carried out.
Since 1970 there have been 47,000 bombings, 14,000 assassinations and 5,300 kidnappings around the world. Between 1970 and 2011 the world has been victimized by 104,000 terrorist activities with 2,362 occurring in the United States, according to the Global Terrorism Database.
Interestingly, Boston has been the 14th most frequently targeted city in the past 40 years in the United States.
Most everyone knows somebody who is very unhappy with life in America. We should all be on the alert for the person who goes beyond voting to bring change to this country.
Not every unhappy person will turn to violence. However, anger and politics should raise our level of alertness.