HATE SPEECH

A Grain of Sand

Reactions to the bombing of the Boston marathon tell us more about the writers than they do about the bombings. From both sides of the Atlantic we have responses which can only be described as repugnant.

Here in Britain it was not unusual to read articles which pointed out that Boston had been a major fund raising centre for the Provisional IRA as they carried out their bombing campaign in the United Kingdom for more than thirty years. More were murdered by the PIRA and their ilk than died in the twin towers. Resentment at the consequences of sentimental Irish Americans funding terrorists is understandable. To use the bombing of a sporting event which resulted in the deaths of three people and the severe injury of scores of others as an opportunity to say “Serves you right, now you know what it’s like” is not the response of an adult.

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