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May 7, 2013 at 7:05 AM

Looking back on the Boston bombings

Stop developing weapons, start developing peace

The bombs that went off in Boston showed us the damage that shrapnel can do [“Lawyers asking feds to free bombing suspect’s friend,” News, May 6]. It is only right to empathize with those who were injured, but it would be good if we could open our hearts to those outside our borders.

Every day in Afghanistan and Pakistan, innocent people — just like those in Boston — are suffering from wounds inflicted by our own weapons.

The Hellfire missiles used by our drones are more destructive than the bombs used in Boston. One variety of Hellfire even has a “fragmentation sleeve” added so it can produce more shrapnel.

Hellfire missiles are made in Florida by Lockheed Martin and Boeing. Yes, our very own Boeing profits from a weapon designed to destroy tanks but is now used to kill “suspects.”

The Hellfire, which has 10 times the explosive power of the Boston bombs, is supposed to precisely hit only bad guys. It leaves the good guys alone so they can peacefully go about their business, gathering firewood and such, except that many women and children are killed by drones while gathering firewood. Maybe, to a drone, people carrying firewood look just like people carrying weapons.

And how do the people who pilot drones feel when they realize there were children in a house they decided to destroy? Can they ever recover from a mistake like that?

This method of killing strangers cannot bring us closer to justice or peace. We should stop working on weapons and start working for peace. Peace is better.

Bill Distler, Seattle

Comments | Topics: Boeing, Boston bombings, Boston Marathon

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