Topic: Boston Marathon
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May 7, 2013 at 7:05 AM
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
May 3, 2013 at 11:16 AM
Give bomber all rightful legal assistance
In the righteous anger that has gripped the nation since the Boston Marathon bombings, let us not give up our precious civil liberties; let this vital principle of our national life be unconditionally extended to the alleged surviving bomber himself [“‘Take whatever you want,’ Boston suspect texted chums,” News, May 2].
Let him have a lawyer present at each interrogation. Otherwise, there is no trusting any story put out; it could all be a sham. Let Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s parents and relatives be shown every courtesy and provided with translators, legal help and bodyguards if necessary. We don’t have the answers yet.
Barbara Tomlinson, Seattle
May 1, 2013 at 6:32 AM
American attacks treated differently
Why is it that the pressure-cooker bombs that wreaked such horror and agony at the Boston Marathon are considered weapons of mass destruction, while a semi-automatic weapon, such as that used at Sandy Hook Elementary School, is not? [“FBI investigates elder brother’s visit to Russia,” News, April 29].
Bill Ames, Seattle
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