Why Do Some People Hate Him for Stating the
Obvious About Boston?
By William Boardman
Richard Falk, UN Rapporteur for Palestinians by (fprward.com)
Why Should Our Response to Boston Terror Be Calm and Rational?
In a personal blog post, titled "A Commentary on the Marathon Murders," Richard Falk begins by describing Boston's "dominant reactions" to the Patriots Day bombing as being full of compassion for the victims, resolve to catch the perpetrators, and an urge to restore normalcy as swiftly as possible:
"In this spirit, it is best to avoid dwelling on the gory details by darkly glamorizing the scene of mayhem with flowers and homage. It is better to move forward with calm resolve and a re-commitment to the revolutionary ideals that midwifed the birth of the American nation.
"Such responses are generally benevolent, especially when compared to the holy war fevers espoused by national leaders, the media, and a vengeful public after the 9/11 attacks that also embraced Islamophobic falsehoods. Maybe America has become more poised in relation to such extremist incidents, but maybe not""
What's to hate here? Falk, who taught international law at
Princeton for forty years, is calling for rational rather than rash
Why Would Anyone Think a President Might Stampede the Country Into War?
It's not as though we lack a recent example of a president in panic launching stupid, destructive wars that piled up dead and debt that will haunt the country for a generation. It's a fair question -- with no certain answer -- to ask, if the United States had not engaged in mass killing in Afghanistan and Iraq, would we have ever heard of the Tsarnaev brothers?
But Falk's call for reasoned restraint, largely ignored in most media, evoked a storm on the right. A week later, on April 26, DemocracyNOW reported the reaction this way, under the headline, U.N. Official Condemned for Highlighting Role of U.S. Policy in Boston Attacks --
A United Nations official is facing calls for his ouster following his comments about the role of U.S. policy in the Boston Marathon bombings. Richard Falk [is] U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories".