The Boston Marathon Bombing and the Limits of Human Empathy

A question. What are the limits of human empathy?  3 people were killed and many dozens injured and maimed by the Boston Marathon bombing on Monday. By comparison, many more people are killed by American drones and other weapons of war on a weekly, if not daily basis, across the Middle East and in other parts of the world.


The language of “war” and “terrorism” deems these people not human, but rather “targets” and “terrorists” to be “neutralized.” The CIA and other organs of the United States government admit that their targeting procedures are imprecise, and that in killing one “terrorist” many more people who are guilty of nothing more than being nearby are also annihilated, broken apart, burned alive, and shattered.

by Chauncey DeVega