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Lawrence Tucker: US must no longer be ‘trigger-happy’ country

To the editor:

The Boston Marathon bombings that hit close to home forced us to feel the shock, terror and sadness that results from violent acts. We have now experienced what the peoples of some other countries endure more frequently and on an even larger scale.

In remembering the nightmarish terror of the Boston Marathon bombings, I hope we can all know what the people of Iraq must be dealing with when roadside car bombs killed 69 people on Aug. 11, or when revenge bombings killed 58 people on July 30, or when violent bombings killed 38 people on July 15.

I could go on, but this wave of bloodshed has cost almost 700 lives in July and almost 3000 since April.

Why did we suffer a bombing in Boston and why does Iraq continue to suffer in ways we can now more closely relate to? If we are smart enough to put a man on the moon, then we must also be smart enough to know that the root cause of today’s violence is driven by two inescapable truths of life: that “violence breeds more violence” and “violence only escalates.”

The U.S.-led violent invasion of Iraq in 2003 created a nuclear amount of vengeance, reprisals and revenge that have led us to where we are.

Hopefully, our more comprehensive understanding of violence will lead us as a nation to refrain from being so “trigger happy” when nations disagree.

Lawrence Tucker

South Hadley

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