Madness on a Grande Level

Earlier tonight, in Manchester, England, an as-of-now unknown person detonated multiple explosives at an Ariana Grande (a world-famous singer-songwriter) concert. According to the New York Times, the attack killed at least 19 people (one of which may have been the perpetrator). Since this literally happened a few hours ago, investigation is going on as I write this. In fact, the Greater Manchester Police just released a statement on the bombings:

Currently, essentially nothing is known about the perpetrator, or what their motivation is/was. Maybe they are/were a disgruntled ex-boyfriend who tried to use lethal force at a concert they thought their ex would be attending. Maybe they are/were a racist extremist (which wouldn't be surprising in this political climate) who hated the fact that there was a pro-gay, feminist, Abruzzian-descended woman singing in Manchester. Or maybe they are/were an Islamic extremist bent on destroying anything perceived to be "western".

As a veteran of the internet, from 2005 on, let me tell you a story:

The month is April 2013. At the annual Boston Marathon, a sudden explosion happened, killing 6 people. The public is promptly horrified, and people begin searching for whodunnit.

Thus commenced the witch hunts.

On popular message boards like 4chan and Reddit (as well as YouTube comment sections), users from all across the world started cyberstalking random people they suspected of being the bombers. Often, suspects would get doxxed (usually leading to SWATing), as well as get improperly reported to the FBI using

Trust me. As somebody who witnessed the witch hunts first-hand, it wasn't pretty. And I'm going to bet that the witch hunts for this bombing have already started.

Alright everybody, put on your tinfoil hats, because it's time for a hypothesis!:

  1. Today is the 30th anniversary of the Hashimpura massacre, in which far-right police officers in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India murdered 42 Muslim youths. Thus, an Islamic extremist might likely choose today for a terrorist attack.
  2. An Islamic extremist might likely despise Ariana Grande due to her support of LGBTQ rights, as well as her sex-positive feminism.
Therefore, I find it likely that this attack was perpetrated by an Islamic extremist (don't get me wrong, I don't want to make any assumptions. It may just be a coincidence.)

CJ-Moki, signing off. I am waiting for further developments about this story.

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  1. Your posting has caused me to think about the immediacy of news these days. When Lincoln was shot (barely 150 years ago) some people in the US didn't know about it for weeks because it took that long for the news to reach them. And when it did, the perp was known and his motive. Now, a bomb explodes 1/4 of the world away and we're seeing comments and speculation before the bodies have even been identified. Is that a good thing? Such immediacy creates a feeling of urgency to "do something" in our atavistic brains - leading to decisions and actions that are not (in my opinion)thought out.

    1. That exactly is why I included the story about the Boston Marathon witch hunts. Many people who felt an impulse to "do something" would, as I described, start cyberstalking and doxxing people who they believed to be the bombers (usually with less-than-compelling evidence). In urgent situations like this, it's important to use critical thinking before we start grabbing our pitchforks and harassing suspected perpetrators.


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