Boston Marathon Terrorism: An appalling act of barbarism

Terrorism, that plague of modernity has returned to haunt us with the cruel, cowardly attack on the Boston marathon. For millions of people the marathon is an iconic competition open to all levels of long distance runners of all ages. It takes place in Boston, one of America’s most historic and beautiful cities, and it attracts people from all over the world. More than 350 runners for example from Montréal ran in the marathon this year including friends of our family. An attack on Boston and its running festival is an attack on us all. After the attack an extraordinary hunt for the criminals who carried out the bombing led to the capture of two suspects , one of whom died during a gunfight with police. Their background and life story once again shows us the necessity of caution but also of the need to understand how they could have been drawn to commit such a barbaric act against their fellow human beings. Our condolences to all of the victims including police officers and their families and our prayers for recovery for those wounded and scarred by the senseless violence.


About haroldchorneyeconomist

I am Professor of political economy at Concordia university in Montréal, Québec, Canada. I received my B.A.Hons (econ.&poli sci) from the University of Manitoba. I also completed my M.A. degree in economics there. Went on to spend two years at the London School of Economics as a Ph.D. student in economics and then completed my Ph.D. in political economy at the University of Toronto. Was named a John W.Dafoe fellow, a CMHC fellow and a Canada Council fellow. I also was named a Woodrow Wilson fellow in 1968 after completing my first class honours undergraduate degree. Worked as an economist in the area of education, labour economics and as the senior economist with the Manitoba Housing and Renewal Corporation for the Government of Manitoba from 1972 to 1978. I also have worked as an economic consultant for MDT socio-economic consultants and have been consulted on urban planning, health policy, linguistic duality and public sector finance questions by the governments of Manitoba, Saskatchewan,the cities of Regina and Saskatoon, Ontario and the Federal government of Canada. I have also been consulted by senior leaders of the British Labour party, MPs from the Progressive Conservative party, the Liberal party and the New Democrats on economic policy questions. Members of the Government of France under the Presidency of Francois Mitterand discussed my work on public sector deficits. I have also run for elected office at the municipal level. I first began to write about quantitative easing as a useful policy option during the early 1980s.
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