The Bomb That Didn't Go Off July 24, 2011 5:53 AMSubscribe
The Bomb That Didn't Go Off.Since September 11, 2001, we have finely honed our fear of the other. But the truth is, the overwhelming majority of our terrorism has always been homegrown. And it is times like these — times of anger and disaffection — when we turn on ourselves, and kill. In that sense, what happened in Spokane is the perfect window into our strange and angry time specifically because the bomb didn't explode. Because they found the bomb in time, the event is not laden with horror and sorrow. It denies us the spectacle of Kabuki mourning and vicarious grief. There will not be a president, head bowed at the memorial service, reassuring us that we are a great people and a great nation. There will be no statue at which people can stare and wonder how it could have possibly come to this. In Spokane, there is just the stark reality of the bomb on the bench. There are no soft emotions and convenient befuddlement. There is just the bomb and the bench, and what might have happened.