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27 Apr, 2013

Whose terror, whose pain? – Zillah Eisenstein – Al Jazeera English

Who gets to say what terror”ism” is? Terror and its trauma exists in too many places with too much heartbreak – in wars, random accidents, rapes, bombings and plant explosions; in tsunamis and earthquakes, in mass shootings and gang wars.

Terror when an “ism” is always politically loaded. When Obama went on national television to speak about the bombings at the Boston Marathon it became an act of terror”ism” even though he was careful to not use the term. It became an assault against the nation even though not much was known of the bombers or their reasons. The President both oversaw the grieving and also in part constructed the narrative. Think of all the other moments of “terror” that do not receive his public attention.

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