Saturday, April 20, 2013

Boston Marathon Bombers Gain Infamy

Whatever drives young men like Adam Lanza to ruthlessly kill scores of innocents as a prelude to his own suicide, the publicity and infamy he gained by doing so almost certainly figured in. Even if the Boston bombers turn out to have been terrorists working with others, their ability on their own to stop the city in its tracks, gain instant worldwide attention, and achieve perpetual infamy will not go unnoticed. Mass murder should not be such an easy means to ends like these. Somehow, we need to figure out a way to avoid giving savagery the rewards it seeks.