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Bombing images normalize fears and build support for the global war on terror

Commentary: Fear of bombs reinforces a Good vs. Evil narrative of post- 9/11 foreign policy.
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A US police SWAT team searches houses after the Boston Marathon bombings in April. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)
We remember the weapons they used. Whether fertilizer or box cutters or pressure cookers, certain objects have become icons for the worst terrorist acts lodged in this country’s history. But one kind of weapon stands out for its spectacle, violence and implications. he bomb, says Professor Pete Kraska, represents “who (the attackers) were, the type of killing that took place.” It taps into our collective fear of random violence that we hear about in other countries but do not expect in the US. “We have to acknowledge that it is a different medium of killing that seems akin to what occurs in other countries than what occurs here,” says Kraska, who researches criminal justice theory and militarization at Eastern Kentucky University.
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