The news headlines in yesterday’s papers were overtaken with the big, big story that Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the brothers accused of the Boston Marathon bombing, had planned to come to New York and ‘party’ in Times Square. The Daily News editorial berated the FBI for not promptly informing the New York authorities about the brothers’ ‘party’ plans.
For my part, I’m skeptical of the narrative of the Boston Marathon bombers:
- There was a Saudi national who was a person of interest in the bombings, and then quickly and quietly deported.
- The Tsarnaev brothers had normal social lives for young American men. Why would they have turned to such destruction? (I know, that’s a question that we’re never supposed to ask.)
- The FBI put on a charade for us a week ago Thursday, asking us for help in identifying the suspects, when they knew damn right well who they were all along.
- And why was it necessary to effectively lock down the entire city of Boston the next day? The only answer that comes to mind: Because they could. And because it would be good practice for the next time. (OK, that’s two answers.)
But returning to yesterday’s story, am I supposed to be scared? Consider that:
- First, the obvious: one brother is dead, and the other is quite thoroughly locked up.
- When I was growing up, we worried that the Russians might annihilate us in one fell swoop. Somehow we all got through that in one piece.
- Twenty years ago, there were over 2,000 murders per year in New York City. (Today, it’s less than a quarter of that.)
- And in 2001, terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center and killed over 2,000.
In comparison, two dudes with pressure cookers and gunpowder, even if they were still at large, don’t budge the needle, other than my possibly deciding not to go to Times Square. But I stayed away from Times Square in the 1980s, when it was a garden of sleaze, so even that is not new.
Or am I supposed to be gratified that the civil authorities are diligently protecting us?