COMMENTARY | In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, U.S. law enforcement is in overdrive looking for suspects. It is unknown who planted the two bombs in Boston, reports the Wall Street Journal , and the FBI is investigating. A 20-year-old Saudi national has been questioned, and his apartment searched, by law enforcement, reports the Washington Times .
Who could have committed this heinous act? The list of possible suspects is long.
Islamist terrorists, either Al Qaeda or a similar organization, are likely at the top of most individual’s mental list of suspects. Certainly, radical Islamists have motive, with their hatred of the United States and Western culture enhanced by years of warfare in Afghanistan, the Middle East, and North Africa. These terrorists have the history, experience, and motive to strike. And, similar to the World Trade Center attacks in both 1993 and 2001, attacking the Boston Marathon was a strike against people of many nationalities. According to the Daily Mail , more than 300 Britons ran in the marathon. Runners from Ethiopia and Kenya took top honors, reports Reuters . Could Islamists have struck in Boston similar to previous strikes on the World Trade Center, hoping to strike fear worldwide?
Could North Korea, hoping to distract America’s attention from continued unrest in east Asia, have planted the bombs? Certainly, terrorist bombings are not unprecedented from North Korea, which has been blamed for the 1987 bombing of Korean Air Flight 858, reports the Los Angeles Times . North Korea is also accused of a 1983 bomb attack on South Korean officials in Rangoon, reports onwar.com . North Korea has the motive and technological know-how to plant bombs in the United States, is considered a terror-sponsoring state, and the timing of the blasts is certainly suspect. If the U.S. is looking at Islamist terrorists, will it be able to focus on North Korea’s provocations?
Homegrown terrorists, like Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, are also suspect. The Southern Poverty Law Center says that ultra-conservative extremist groups increasing in the United States, reports CNN . Could a domestic extremist group have detonated the bombs in protest?
Finally, it could be U.S. allies in Afghanistan or elsewhere who fear the departure of U.S. forces and dollars next year? By reinvigorating America’s pursuit of Islamist extremists, more security and financial aid will continue to be bestowed on these volatile regions, providing incentive for a false flag operation.