Have ‘Americans’ over-reacted to deaths, injuries in Boston?
Posted: 21 April 2013 01:03 PM   [ Ignore ]
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The article tries to focus on the visit to Russia:
http://news.yahoo.com/boston-bombing-suspect-kept-low-profile-dagestan-144528581.html

MAKHACHKALA, Russia (Reuters) - If Tamerlan Tsarnaev was already plotting the Boston Marathon bombings when he stayed in this bustling Russian city at the heart of an Islamist insurgency last year, neighbors say he hid it well.
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“Americans think they are some kind of ‘super people’, like their lives are more important than others’; They’re the world’s police. We have enough of our own problems to worry about it.”

Insurgents from the North Caucasus have carried out attacks outside the region - including on Moscow’s subway and at the main international airport of Domodedovo, where 37 people were killed in a bombing in January 2011 - but not on U.S. soil.

Many people in the region have long focused their ire on Moscow and Kremlin-backed local leaders, not on the United States, although there are clear signs of irritation in the region about some American attitudes.

“They blew up three people in the United States and people are up in arms. When they (Americans) kill 150, 200 people in Afghanistan, Iraq - why do they react differently?” asked Vagib Devletkhanov, 24, a soldier in the Russian army.

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Posted: 22 April 2013 04:29 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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As a prominant Russian once said: “One death is a tragedy. A million is a statistic.” - Joseph Stalin

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Posted: 22 April 2013 05:41 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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One should not negate the other. Americans have every right to be outraged by what happened in Boston. And imagine the good that can be achieved by showing more compassion to people in other countries.

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Posted: 22 April 2013 08:07 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I echo Peter’s comment. You Americans indeed have every right to be shocked and outraged: what happened in Boston was a true tragedy and a true injustice.

At the same time, the Russian guy does have a point: large numbers of innocent civilians have died as collateral damage of US actions, notably in drone strikes.

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