Deciding before the facts are known

It was interesting going this morning as I checked over various bloggers out there both left and right. It wasn’t so much what the actual blogger said, but what the commenters said or rather wanted to believe.

The Boston marathon bomb was a horrific act of terrorism, no one has yet admitted who did it or why, yet entrenched views came out in various places that blogged on the issue as well as the MSM. People jumped to conclusions in other words.

The bloggers to the right, were possibly a bit more cautious having been caught out by the likes of Breivik in the past when what appeared to be a standard islamic outrage turned out to be something else entirely. Yet still most commenters of a right bent assumed the bombing was islamic in nature.

The left however were convinced almost to a person that the bomber was a right wing nut influenced by the Republican Party of the USA. Though quite why they think a right wing nut was influenced by the Republicans is anyone’s guess, but when it comes to muckspreading the left believe the wider the spray the better the results. Some out there still believe Breivik was an EDL member.

The fact though are, that we simply do not know and the investigation is currently getting under way. Precautions have been taken as in a couple of Arabic men were escorted off a plane, but again it might just have been passenger paranoia, a very understandable reaction though.A Saudi man was also arrested at the scene after acting suspiciously and had burns and wounds, but again he may just be an innocent victim.

In the USA it was also tax assesment day which occasionally triggers protests by right wingers who hate paying (too much) tax. However a marathon is not one of their usual targets, it’s normally a government building.

Speculation is going to be rife over the next few days, you can read various comments online from people who are convinced they know who and why.

The facts however remain at variance with what’s being said by the authorities. They don’t know and if they have their suspicions, they aren’t saying.

We should do the same.

4 comments for “Deciding before the facts are known

  1. ivan
    April 16, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Ah, the joys of instant communication and the ego boost that goes with being able to say ‘I told you’ at a later date.

    Isn’t there a saying ‘it is better to be thought a fool than say (write) something and prove it’? This is what most of those shouting about it without knowing the facts are doing.

  2. Tatty
    April 17, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Ah, the joys of instant communication

    Quite. Daughter came in from school yesterday saying “Have you seen about the bombing in America ?”. We had to wait for Father to flick on the 5 o’clock news at tea-time for the tiniest glimpse into the outside world, in my day.

    “Yep, it’s terrible” sez I…”Who did it ?” she asks…”They don’t know yet” sez I.

    There’s an expectation these days that whatever happens after breakfast it will all be over by bedtime. It’s all very odd.

  3. Furor Teutonicus
    April 17, 2013 at 9:48 am

    XX .A Saudi man was also arrested at the scene after acting suspiciously and had burns and wounds XX

    IF it WAS him, he must be one of the worst suicide bombers in the world.

    Or are they recycling them nowdays?

  4. amfortas
    April 17, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Ahem… the Saudi man was not acting suspiciously. Those who jumped on him were the ones who had been suspicious of him. The suspicious ones now are the FBI and Police. They are the ones now acting suspiciously.

    Derrida has a lot to answer for: there is no ‘truth; truth is what you make it; so why not decide first what the truth is and search for the bombers next. Isn’t that what the police do anyway these days?

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