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Commentary :: Politics
Boston, Hot Bed Of Opposition To Bush, Targeted By Al-Qaeda?
17 Nov 2004
Boston is a city of 589,141 residents. That small number will probably surprise many people.
Boston is a city of 589,141 residents. That small number will probably surprise many people. The small city is well known because of its historical role in the formation of the United States, its impressive collection of institutions of higher learning and its progressive politics. Boston has a wonderful reputation in the "Blue States" and is largely hated in the "Red States," where politicians coming from Boston are largely viewed as unelectable extreme liberals. Of all of the cities in the United States, Boston is probably among the top handful in terms of opposition to Bush and his policies. Historically, Boston has been a hotbed of anti-interventionism and sane foreign policies. It seems, then, that someone needs to do a better job at explaining why Boston has been the subject of more reports as a potential target for terrorist attacks than, perhaps, any other U.S. city. Moreover, given its small population, how does one explain, on a per capita basis, the focused and strong determination to kill Bostonians with a zeal far outweighing that directed at, say Houston, Texas, a larger and more significant economic target that supports Bush or San Diego, a larger city with a very high concentration of military targets that, by the way, supports Bush too.

I've heard it argued, on the basis of historical importance, that Boston is a wonderful target from a psychological point of view, but I have a difficult time believing this. After all, most of the "Red States" would love to see Boston go up in flames and, as we have seen, the call the shots for the federal government and, thus, determine the foreign policy of the United States. Indeed, if Boston were nuked, I'd expect to see many red necks, coast to coast, dancing in the streets. An attack on Boston would not turn New England in favor of Bush's policies, it would merely wipe out a very large number of people likely to vote against the Republicans in the next election.

If we are to take the administration's claims seriously and assume that there is this organization named "al-Qaeda" that wishes to target Americans for supporting the policies of Bush, why on Earth would al-Qaeda wish to target those very Americans most opposed to the policies of Bush? In fact, the Neo-Conservatives would be the number one beneficiaries of an attack on Boston. The purpose of terrorism is to target the citizens of a country such that they support their leaders less (at least when the terrorists are opponents of the regime). In this case, we have ostensibly foreign terrorists doing just the opposite - attempting to terrorize Americans into supporting Bush and murdering those who oppose him.

There can only be one explanation to the above. That explanation is that we are not faced with a foreign terrorist wishing to destroy Boston. Just the opposite. We are faced with a domestic terrorist attempting to to terrorizing Americans into supporting the policies of Bush. I wonder who that could be?

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