Woburn, MA may be the modern Northeastern equivalent of Andy Griffith‘s Mayberry, but it’s only 12 miles northwest of Boston. Boston, where I lived for 18 of my 38 years in New England. In all that time, I’ve seen far too much violence, crime, death, disease and destructive behavior, but I don’t recall ever seeing any real acts of terrorism.
Let me be clear. Terrorism is defined as The calculated use of violence (or threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political, religious or ideological in nature. We tend to throw that term around nowadays, with the same nonchalance that we have for phrases like schizophrenic and Holocaust. Just because my wife gets a little pissy now and again, doesn’t make her schizophrenic – and not every act of senseless murder can be compared to the unmitigated…
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