The 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing of the Murrah Federal Building seems to be approaching with little interest (outside of this blog, of course).
The second anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing seems to be have passed with little interest outside of New England.
What do they have in common? What differentiates the two events?
Chris did a superb job of expressing the assumed role of Muslims in the Oklahoma attack:
“The betting here is on Middle East terrorists,” declared CBS News‘ Jim Stewart just hours after the blast (4/19/95).
What does that matter regarding Boston, since the attackers were Muslim?
What concerns me most about the current discussion centered on terrorism is the central role that religion plays. If the perpetrators of some violence are Muslim, terrorism is assumed. If they are Christian, (or fill in the blank with some non-Muslim demonitation here)