Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 December 2014

Bomb charge description is totally wrong

While it was a horrific crime and one can only feel sadness for those who suffered in the Boston bombing, the US risks making itself look ridiculous by charging the surviving suspect with using 'weapons of mass destruction'.

The bomb – a pressure-cooker filled with nails and ball-bearings – did inflict horrible injury. It was a weapon of terror, but not of mass destruction.

My first thought was that the US should first look in its own backyard for weapons of mass destruction – drones and depleted uranium ammunition being two which immediately jump to mind.

With this charge against the bomber, there will be many Muslims who will have drawn the same conclusion and will ponder the rank hypocrisy of the USA. That cannot be good for security.

ALAN MITCHAM

Cologne, Germany

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