I tend to stay away from the policy-centric conversations about the “War on Terror” and the like… but today, watching BBC World News (and then the NBC Nightly News) I noticed something quite different.
Now - I am aware of the fact that news reporting can be a subjective process - but the latest suicide bombing in Iraq showed several of the victim’s parents berating the cowardice of the suicide bomber who killed their kids. One man said words to the effect, “the jihadists are destroying families here in the community.”
I’ve also heard and read much more anger directed at the bombers in London by Muslims than I recall hearing after 9/11 and the Madrid bombings. Here in the US, I don’t feel we knew much about the people murdered in Madrid, but I am struck by the multinational, multiethnic nature of the victims of the London bombing. I don’t know if that was as evident in the world community after 9/11, though I certainly noticed the same thing after the terrorist attacks here. I don’t know if those outside the US saw that as well, or if the perception is that the 9/11 victims were all middle-class, White, blue-collar workers.
Maybe I’m paying closer attention, perhaps the media is choosing to highlight these stories… but there seems to be a gentle upswell that this form of political action - suicide bombing - is not an expression of justified rage against the West, but a horrific, brutal action that has no regard for the experiences of the Muslims that are left behind. (I’m referring specifically to the concerns that Muslim leaders in the UK have voiced about increased tensions toward, and violence toward Muslims.)
So what do you think? Am I noticing something in the reactions to these two acts of violence that is different from what I’ve seen/heard before?