Richard Falk says the Boston Marathon attacks were expected given Washington's ongoing policies around the world, specifically in the Middle East, Iraq and Afghanistan. • AP
Even the most virulent critics of American foreign policy haven't sought to blame the U.S. for the Boston Marathon bombings. Until now.
UN official Richard Falk said the Boston Marathon explosions - which killed three people and injured over 170 - were expected given Washington's ongoing policies around the world, specifically in the Middle East, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Falk, 83, wrote in Foreign Policy Journal, "The American global domination project is bound to generate all kinds of resistance... the United States has been fortunate not to experience worse blowbacks."
Falk is Albert G. Milbank Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University and Visiting Distinguished Professor in Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He was named by the United Nations Human Rights Council a United Nations Special Rapporteur in 2008, tasked with monitoring the situation in the Palestinian territories. Falk has a history of provocative statements, according to The Times of Israel.
"It is horrible, but we in this country should not be too surprised, given our drone attacks that have killed women and children attending weddings and funerals in Afghanistan and Pakistan," Falk said after the Boston attacks.
American politicians don't "have the courage to connect some of these dots," Falk said. "Should we not all be meditating on W.H. Auden's haunting line: 'Those to whom evil is done/do evil in return.'"
It's an updated version of the "blowback" argument delivered after 9/11 by the likes of Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul. In the first presidential debate of the 2008 GOP cycle rival candidates pounced on Paul to condemn his view that U.S. foreign policy mistakes had essentially brought on the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.
Foreign Policy Journal, The Times of Israel and Politix.