Most people choose a terrorist bombing over people facing death to save others. As least that’s the conclusion of Margaret Rose Dominado writing for AlterNet.org. She said she found a billion hits on Google for the bombing in Boston compared to a little over a hundred thousand for the explosion in West, Texas.
To be fair, we don’t know what search terms she used. It’s highly unlikely she checked to see if every one of those links was actually related to the April 18th fertilizer plant explosion or to the April 15th explosions at the Boston Marathon. And certainly Boston is much better known nationally than the small town of West.
But reports do say 15 people died in Texas, five of them firefighters, while 3 people were killed in Boston. The number of injured was about the same. But the West explosion and fire damaged or destroyed about 150 buildings including a school, a nursing home, and a 50-unit apartment complex. Buildings as far as seven miles away had their windows blown out. From over 20 miles away, Alden Loveshade heard a metal barn rattle.
Something they don’t have in common is that the cause of the fire that led to the West explosion is not yet known. It’s also not know if Texnas’ Governor Perry-proclaimed low regulations are partially to blame for the explosion as referenced in a highly controversial Sacramento Bee cartoon by John Ohman.
Another critical thing they don’t have in common is that several of the people killed in West were first responders. They came to put out a fire in a facility known to house highly explosive chemicals. They risked their lives to save others. Shouldn’t that be the bigger story?
Read Dominado’s opinion at http://www.alternet.org/have-we-lost-our-minds-why-boston-bombing-got-so-much-more-attention-west-texas-explosion
See the cartoon and Ohman’s response to criticism at http://www.sacbee.com/2013/04/25/5372555/rick-perry-explosion-cartoon-published.html
Thanks to Herr Bookmonger for bringing Dominado’s story to our attention.