Why the Boston Marathon?

by W.F. Price on April 16, 2013

The Boston Marathon bombing has caused a lot of speculation because people can’t figure out what it means, as opposed to the WTC attacks, the OKC bombing, and other terror strikes where the motive for attacking that particular target quickly became quite clear and rational. The Rudolph bombings in Atlanta were an exception, but Eric Rudolph himself called in to warn the police about his bomb, so he wasn’t trying to hide the motive.

But how come nobody is thinking about the simple matter of operational feasibility? I mean, if you’re going to do a successful terror attack, it’s important to be able to pull it off without being identified as suspicious.

So, I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest that the Boston Marathon might have been targeted because the bombers were East African, and they could be part of the crowd without arousing any suspicion. I mean, if you’re a Somali trying to plant a bomb without standing out, wouldn’t it be a better idea to do it where many of the athletes and spectators look a lot like you as opposed to, say, a Boston Bruins game? Also, you might get to ruin the day for those pesky Ethiopian and Kenyan neighbors who are so fond of interfering with your local jihad. So it’s a double bonus — killing Americans and stealing the glory from your African rivals.

Although you may not have heard, 30 were killed in Somali bombings in Mogadishu yesterday. Al Shabaab claimed responsibility. Coincidence? I kinda doubt it, but I guess we’ll see…

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Justinian April 16, 2013 at 18:08
Huck Finn April 16, 2013 at 18:18

Several anniversary days going on too: Patriot Day, tax day, the first battles of the Revolutionary War, and the Hindi celebration of Shiva (God of Destruction) well ok it was on the 14th. The 26 mile was also dedicated to the Sandy Hook victims. Possibly none of those are related to the bombing.

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Wilson April 16, 2013 at 19:13

The multicultural crowd might have helped, but it’s hard to think of a better target for a terrorist with logistical limitations than a marathon. Big outdoor crowd, large and loose security perimeter; and an event with very high public consciousness and international prestige. Beats blowing up a pet market like in Iraq! Hopefully the FBI is in touch with such realities, and not just spending all its time fabricating plots to entrap idiots. Though to be fair, terrorism will always expose the charade of government power.

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3DShooter April 16, 2013 at 19:24

It is probably best to not resort to our acclimated biases – though we may never know the truth from mainstream media.

There can be no doubt amerika has well earned it’s share of enemies, both foreign and domestic, in recent years. Though it is a despicable and tragic event, it is one that was quite predictable. Go back a few years and read Chalmers Johnson’s book “Blowback”. We, as amerikans shouldn’t be surprised, quite unfortunately. But we should be saddened.

Peace to the families that have become victims of this tragic event. I see my son in the face of the youngest of those killed and I don’t like it.

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Rmaxd April 16, 2013 at 20:03

Meh, americans getting killed, after killing millions in 3rd world countries …

I wouldnt call it blowback … more like a sign of things to come for more americans

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joeb April 16, 2013 at 20:27

Respectable and decent people have nothing to fear . we need to get back to respectable and decent .
Suspects . domestic= The over taxed , The any boy with a sixes grade education , feminists , The Men that have felt oppression ,Any man that has spent time in Jail for false rape ,The poor, The disfranchised American’s ,Someone that got there third traffic ticket and realized its a road tax , Underpaid workers , Greedy Bomb Makers , Aircraft producers , Any relative from Waco or ruby ridge , Me and Half the guys on this page and pick from twenty or so hate groups and Cults and the Government ..
Foreign = I don’t have enough time . about 6 billion of them .
My opinion , Ben Franklin said . We fight this war with Britannia so the men can be farmers, workers and there sons can be Musicians and artists . To many sons are Just soldiers .
Too many enemy’s . To many fears . It’s time to pound are swords back into plows . Give us twenty years of peace so my son doesn’t have to be me.

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Piroko April 16, 2013 at 20:27

It is a capital mistake to theorise before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories instead of theories to suit facts.

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patriarch April 16, 2013 at 20:47

In a world gone mad, lets just accept the fact that it could have been almost anybody capable of learning how to make such a bomb. I think as much as we need to search for the perpetrator, we need to do our own soul searching…

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Born Free April 16, 2013 at 21:08

Just my theory: September 11 was long ago named Patriot Day by Congress. April 15 is a local holiday in Boston called Patriots Day. It could be someone’s sick joke or just a coincidence.

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Brigadon April 16, 2013 at 21:32

Make no mistake. Obama is going to spin this into yet another reason to create an executive order restricting americans in the name of ‘security’. What exactly can he do?
Well, let’s see, he can order spot-checks on ‘papers’. That good old nazi trick should serve him well.
He can deny the right of peaceful assembly. That’s a great one for dictators.
He can try to spin it into yet another anti-gun attack.
Anyone have a better idea of what he’s going to attack using the boston bombing as a weapon?

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GraniteSoldier April 16, 2013 at 22:05

Good point Bill. It would also be worth noting that there is a large Somali population in Portland and Lewiston Maine about 100 miles north of Boston. Good place to lay low or build the devices there. Some of the 9/11 hijackers transited through Portland before going to Boston Logan.

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oddsock April 16, 2013 at 22:51

When false flags dont fly anymore


Family Guy episode Boston Marathon ( Now this is bizare )


I suppose we/you Americans should not be asking the question ” Why Boston ? ” The question should be. What liberty will you now lose ? Or perhaps what country will America attack next after blaming this attack on some political group. Iranians ? Syrians ? Or just a sudden widespread need for TSA check points right across America with guns being confiscated left right and centre. One or all of these is now a certainty. Its just a case of when !

The government depends heavily on duped Americans it works time after time. Some even campaign to vote them back into governance while you argue among yourselves over who is to blame.

But hey, I am just a conspiracy tin foil hat nutter.

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oddsock April 16, 2013 at 22:53

When false flags dont fly anymore


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Truth Hurts April 16, 2013 at 23:22

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Harry Linden April 17, 2013 at 01:17

Lets say that this is all part of Psychological operations or (Psych Ops) which are planned operations to convey selected information and indicators to audiences to influence their emotions, motives, objective reasoning, and ultimately the behavior of governments, organizations, groups, and individuals. Also ask yourself, who has the most to gain by instilling fear and panic at the Boston Marathon or any other event in the USA? Some obscure East African nation which can’t even feed itself or the US government itself or rogue organizations within? I personally don’t think one needs to take much of a leap of imagination to see who is the probable culprit here, considering that they are just itching to go to war against Iran and other nations! They don’t really need to say who it is, just convey the feeling to the people that they are really vulnerable to terrorist attack and that they need government to protect them from these said terrorists. I am already hearing the name of Al Quaida being mentioned every hour on the hour. Draw your own conclusions from this.

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crella April 17, 2013 at 05:47

Pressure cooker bombs sounds like what was done in Mumbai…

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Dave April 17, 2013 at 06:27

Did you see the race clock at the finish line? It said 4:09:50 when the first bomb exploded. By that time, all East African runners would have finished the race, collected their prizes, showered, eaten dinner, and boarded their flight back to Kenya.

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DW3 April 17, 2013 at 06:29

The sad thing is that if it had been an attack using guns, we’d already be hearing the calls for less freedom. Why hasn’t Obama called for bomb control legislation to keep the children safe?

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Uncle Elmer April 17, 2013 at 06:49

“Salon” will be disappointed if the bombers turn out to be African :

Let’s hope the Boston Marathon bomber is a white American


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Opus April 17, 2013 at 07:32

Tempting as it is to read coincidence for causation, – and the author may of course be entirely correct – it is surely on the paucity of information available, way too soon to start making ‘intelligent guesses’ – and when did terrorists ever attack what to their victims seem to be the obvious target?

There are any number of possibities:

White Nationalists (easily slip away into the crowd in Boston)
Islamic Terrorists
One issue Grievance
False Flag operation

Of course it also might have something to do with requiring the back-tax plus compound interest on the Tea lieing at the bottom of Boston Harbour. ;)

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Norm April 17, 2013 at 07:59

Uncle Elmer
I wonder what Salon would say if it was a white female with left leaning thinking? Remember the LA cop killer, the government controlled media complex quickly swept that one from the headlines, as well as the two black teens who shot the white baby recently. Wouldn’t matter what race the criminals are, these crimes are evil.

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Enrico from Italy April 17, 2013 at 08:30

I think you’re experiencing something similar

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keyster April 17, 2013 at 08:55

The Left and Obama is hoping it’s “an extremist right wing group” or individual – to prove that any opposition to collectivism and economic/social justice is violent and DANGEROUS.

The Right is hoping it’s Al Qaeda or a jihadist group so they can prove that Obama doesn’t “have Al Qaeda on the run”. And that his “apology tour” in the middle east did nothing to quell the hatred radical Islamists have for America.

The conspiracy theorists are hoping it’s a False Flag event; like why was there a mysterious mechanical fire at the JFK library right after the explosions. The FBI, the local police and the media are all in collusion to deceive the public from realizing the TRUTH. Could it be Dick Cheney is still working behind the scenes?

It’s a classic terrorist act. Place a bomb where innocent people are going about their business or enjoying themselves in a public place, a big event, well covered by the media. Show the horror and heroism, the grieving, the eyewitness accounts, the pundits, the ratings.

The USA could end terrorism next week if it proclaimed Israel to be Palestine and required all American citizens to convert to Islam. We would be the Great Western Caliphate. That’s all they really want. Oh wait, then Sunnis and Shiites would keep bombing each other anyway.

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Alcestis Eshtemoa April 17, 2013 at 10:14

It’s not conclusive yet who did the bomb and for what purpose (or maybe the media doesn’t want to reveal any info just yet) but a Saudi national is in custody. Probably an Islamic terrorist.

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dragnet April 17, 2013 at 11:09

They have, apparently, identified and arrested a suspect in the bombing…


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Hf April 17, 2013 at 12:01

“Good evening, America. Allow me first to apologize for this interruption. I do, like many of you, appreciate the comforts of the everyday routine, the security of the familiar, the tranquility of repetition. I enjoy them as much as any bloke. But in the spirit of commemoration – whereby those important events of the past, usually associated with someone’s death or the end of some awful bloody struggle, are celebrated with a nice holiday – I thought we could mark this April the 15th, a day that is sadly no longer remembered, by taking some time out of our daily lives to sit down and have a little chat.

There are, of course, those who do not want us to speak. I suspect even now orders are being shouted into telephones and men with guns will soon be on their way. Why? Because while the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn’t there?

Cruelty and injustice…intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance, coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. How did this happen? Who’s to blame? Well certainly there are those who are more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable. But again, truth be told…if you’re looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror.

I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn’t be? War. Terror. Disease. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you and in your panic, you turned to the Government. They promised you order. They promised you peace. And all the Government demanded in return was your silent, obedient consent.”

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a guy April 17, 2013 at 12:12

It is entirely predictable that, as soon as the bombs went off, the left-wing media in the US immediately started trying to figure out ways to blame it on “right-wing” white men, probably at the behest of the left-wing nutbags in our government. No interest in actually determining who really did the job first. That is because we no longer live in a free, honest country in the US. We live in a country where the totalitarian goals of the government and the disinformation used would make the old Soviet Union blush.

Imagine a country where the elites are desperate to prove that a crime such as this was perpetrated by its own people, so that it could crack down harder on its own people and protect the interests of foreign groups. That is where we are now. It is treason, pure and simple.

And, in case any of the left-wing Brits who post here are tempted to feel smug, your country is even worse off. The only reason the Muslims aren’t blowing more stuff (and people) up there is because they don’t want to damage the real estate that they know they’re going to own in 50 years.

Our governments have effectively declared war on their own people.

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Charles Martel April 17, 2013 at 12:32

The conspiracy theorists are hoping it’s a False Flag event; like why was there a mysterious mechanical fire at the JFK library right after the explosions. The FBI, the local police and the media are all in collusion to deceive the public from realizing the TRUTH. Could it be Dick Cheney is still working behind the scenes?

It’s my strong impression this is a freelance operation as the authorities appear to be completely nonplussed. They’re having to resort to, you know, actual police work like looking at security cam videos to see if they can see who dropped the bags.

Contrast this to 9/11 where by lunchtime the MSM was full of neocon talking heads positively identifying Bin Laden as the perp. And by the end of the day they had PICTURES of all 19 Iraqi, er Afghan, er Iranian, er SAUDI, that’s it Saudi (well 15 of 19 anyway) hijackers. Some of whom are still alive. LOL.

I grew up with this stuff, btw. I look back with some satisfaction on how the sentiment at the time was that the country would not let the IRA change its way of life. The blue gloves did not make an appearance back then.

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Anonymous April 17, 2013 at 13:04

Why the Boston Marathon? I keep asking myself that same question? Methinks its not the new bogeyman (white something), not even close. Alternatively, I don’t think it was Muslims either. Over at American Thinker there was a recent piece over the weekend discussing the very disturbing facts about weather underground radicals pardoned for their very real terrorism, to include bombings, that are now residing in academia and in positions of influence. Connecting the dots between them and barry the potus is not hard to do and its basically well known. That being said, given the very amateur nature of these bombs and the relative ineffectiveness of them…this looks more like something those weather underground bozo’s would do. Now, I understand, they’re not at large, but there influence is and in the context of perpetuating fear, beefing-up the police state and blaming political enemies etc, this incident seems to be more of a false flag. So, I’m pretty much convinced this is a false flag.

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Brigadon April 17, 2013 at 13:15

after doing quite a bit of research, I am pretty sure that this is NOT a false flag event. Not that Barry won’t use it, but based on his complete confusion, the crappy american media coverage, and the low number of deaths involved, I think this is one of two things:

a genuine, barely-competent terror attack, probably from someone NOT associated with al qeada. (maybe not even muslim. I suspect that once someone is ‘scott free’ they will deliver a note explaining their actions)
a ‘cover up’ to distract attention while another crime was committed. (ala man on a ledge)

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keyster April 17, 2013 at 13:38

They’re having to resort to, you know, actual police work like looking at security cam videos to see if they can see who dropped the bags.

How do you know for sure? They might be told to say they’re looking at videos, when really they aren’t as they’re in on it too. They’re probably doctoring them up to look authentic. Now we have ricin tainted letters in DC. Coincidence? Wake the feck up man! It’s all part of the Illuminati’s grand plan to control the sheeple.

If Oddsock were here he’d tell us for sure.
He’s probably downing a few pints after protesting at Maggie’s funeral.

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crella April 17, 2013 at 15:43

“Why hasn’t Obama called for bomb control legislation to keep the children safe?”

Ban pressure cookers!

That article at Slate is just…..

I’m wondering how the past few generations of my Irish and English immigrant ancestors missed out on picking up their white privilege benefits and instead worked in factories or on ships…

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patriarch April 17, 2013 at 17:27

at “a guy”. I agree with the point you are making, but… it really isn’t “our” government anymore… we are now better described as being the conquered…

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Attila April 17, 2013 at 17:45

Why does it have to be rationalized?

Whatever motivated this was beyond that, in the realm of values. Terror and mayhem appear to be enough for some warped people, in my opinion.

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Anonymous age 71 April 17, 2013 at 17:57

Someone pointd out it is hoped it was a white man. The logic is something like if it is white, no one will want all whites profiled.

Not real smart. On 9-11, I sat in my brother-in-law’s house in Cordoba, Ver. Watching TV. They showed an ordinary Muslim woman laughing hysterically when she heard what had happened. The people around her were equally manic.

If a white man does something like that, other whites want his testicles on a platter. And, there is the difference.

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Atlanta Man April 17, 2013 at 19:14

The terrorist shit who did this does not deserve death, he deserves life until death underground in supermax!

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Clovis Jackson April 18, 2013 at 01:40

If it turns out to be a terrorist cell led by a Blind African-American Lesbian in a wheelchair all of the left wing media will have coniptions. Let”s just hope for their sake this isn’t true.

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N.M. Rothschild April 18, 2013 at 08:50

….eye witnesses say that the bomb squad announced over the loudspeakers to be calm and that a security drill was taking place (bomb sniffing dogs etc.). Later that day the media questioned Boston officials at the press conference and they denied it.

Also, there are photos of the suspects from 4chan. Interestingly, there are a number of men with Craft International (private military contractor) uniforms/backpacks on and wires coming out of their ears standing right around the finish line. Were they a black op team there to monitor a patsy under the guise of a drill?

We’ll see who the administration demonizes……

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Svenster April 18, 2013 at 16:25

I doubt very much they did this to target Ethiopian and Kenyan runners. The bomb was detonated at the 4 hour mark. By four hours, runners at that level would have finished an hour ago.

The four hour marathon is for people that run 10Ks for fun. Couples do four hour marathons, not east Africans.

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Tam the Bam April 19, 2013 at 03:39

The pair of lads in the “suspects” pics being splashed around now look like they could almost be brothers. Peculiar cheeks and mouths. Big bro, kid bro?

Oh, and FWIW, my “Observers’ Handbook of Cultural Enrichment and Vibrancy”, on page 213 plate c, suggests North African littoral or the Levant, although “kid bro” has a smattering of upper Mesopotamia/Iran about his eyebrows and so on, whereas “big bro” looks, quite frankly, Jewish.
Are they Central Americans?

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crella April 19, 2013 at 04:10

Two Chechnyans….what the heck??

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Tam the Bam April 19, 2013 at 05:07

Well the speculation about it being “Caucasians” was actually bang on the money for once!

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crella April 20, 2013 at 03:32

Uncle Elmer, Slate is still bending over backwards…

“Is Boston like Columbine?” In other words, was this a ‘dyad’ of two criminals, one who controlled the other to obtain the objective? However, they fail to address the religion/ideology of the ‘leader’.

What the heck is it with liberals that they are willing to overlook Muslim terrorism faster than they’ll overlook just about anything else? What’s the cache that Muslim terrorists have with the libs that multiple excuses are made for them?

Yes, I know not all bombers/terrorists/asshats are Muslim, but why is it taboo to say so when it is!?


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