Let's remember victims of terror

Let's remember victims of terror

Earlier this month the world witnessed a horrifying attack at the annual Boston Marathon. The gruesome images shocked us and the goals of the violence baffled us. Then, soon afterwards, we watched in stunned silence again as a chase after the two terror suspects shut down large parts of the US city. Deadly shootouts left a police officer and a suspected terrorist dead.

Even as the headlines of the brutal attacks are slowly fading away, we must remember the victims: eight-year-old Martin Richard, restaurant manager Krystle Campbell, mainland graduate student Lu Lingzi and officer Sean Collier. Many other people suffered horrific injuries. These unfortunate victims were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

But even as we remember the victims of the Boston bombings, let's not forget that many other atrocities are committed daily around the world.

Just as events were unfolding in Boston, a suicide bomber set off his explosives belt inside a packed cafe in Baghdad, Iraq, killing 32 people and wounding 65 others. The very day Boston terror suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured, Taliban militants struck in Ghazni province in southeastern Afghanistan, killing 13 local policemen. Yet why are these incidents not worthy of headlines?

When mayhem and murder become commonplace, we tend to overlook their barbarity. Let us not forget the dead and injured in Boston, but also let us not forget the many innocent victims of countless terror attacks in the Middle East and Central Asia, either.

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