Just who could be responsible for the Boston attacks?
As the dust settles in the aftermath of the Boston bombings, the search for answers, and culprits is already well underway. Naturally, the first suspicion of many will be Islamic extremists, either from or sympathetic to al Qaeda. But when one stops to consider the facts, this seems less likely. For one, the reportedly unsophisticated nature of the devices, and the fact that they appear not to have been suicide explosions seems unusual for an attack by Islamic terrorist groups. Furthermore the apparent lack of any prior intelligence indicates either a failure on the part of the relevant agencies, or more likely a so called ‘lone wolf’; a single individual acting alone, hence leaving much less of a trail. This individual could well be an Islamic fundamentalist. Or, if past attacks of this nature are anything to go by, the attacks are just as likely the work of a domestic extremist, likely of a right wing persuasion. Indeed, the attack is reminiscent of the 1996 bombing which occurred during the Atlanta Olympics, which was carried out by right wing extremist Eric Rudolph. Given the current political climate, a similar individual being responsible is in my view the most sensible conclusion.