Steve Benson by Steve Benson

Steve Benson

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  1. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 1 year ago

    Mr. Benson’s cartoon celebrates the bomber(s) and their goals and fails to give honor to the hundreds of people who ran into the smoke and debris to help people.
    The cartoon shows death winning, but it is the way Boston citizens and visitors responded to this cowardice and brutality that shows who truly won and I find it vulgar.
    From first responders and medical staff who were paid to be there, to visitors from all over the world who helped to move people from harms way, it was love that won, not death.
    There was victory in the form of a 78 year old man who video shows buckling under the force of the blast, but who, upon rising to his feet, finished the last few yards to complete the race, not because of the race, but in spite of the attackers
    who defiled this tradition and gathering of peoples.
    There was victory in the form of people who offered up their homes to visitors to the city who, because of security needs cutting off transportation out of the city, had no place to stay, to eat, to sleep, to recover.
    There was victory in the form of people who looked for someone to help, instead of someone to blame.
    My niece lives in Boston and has run this marathon before. She didn’t run this year, but she told me she had walked past the point of the explosions just an hour earlier. My prayers are with victims and their families, but my immeasurable appreciation and gratitude goes to those who put aside fear and acted in the name of love and honor.
    Death won nothing. The person(s) responsible will be looking over their shoulders for the rest of their lives, whether while going about day to day affairs, or while wearing prison uniforms on death row.
    God bless those who ran into harm’s way, and God Bless the people and city of Boston.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  2. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 1 year ago

    No, Ima, I am sorry. but you are totally incorrect. All fighting wars in such areas as the Middle East does is give Muslim extremists far more recruits for their anti American efforts. Hate and War only breeds more Hate and War, never peace and moderation. And that IS the simple truth that thousands of years of miserable human history should have shown us by now.


    You claim to be a Christian and yet you have not yet learned the simple message of love, compassion, and forgiveness that Jesus Christ was trying to teach all of his followers. That does not make a Christian such as myself angry, it makes me sad!!

  3. Chillbilly

    Chillbilly said, over 1 year ago

    Here’s how you can do your part:
    http://www.goarmy.com
    http://www.navy.com/careers.html
    http://www.airforce.com/careers/
    http://www.marines.com/home

  4. Simon_Jester

    Simon_Jester said, over 1 year ago

    Sorry, it’s WAY too soon to point fingers

  5. ARodney

    ARodney said, over 1 year ago

    Yep. The majority of previous attacks of this kind — bombs to kill innocents at the Atlanta Olympics, Oklahoma City, and the MLK march in Spokane come immediately to mind — have been from American right-wing extremists. It’s too soon to say whether this one is too, but to assume it’s from overseas is not in keeping with history. And to state that attacking people overseas will prevent them from attacking us here is rubbish. It promotes it. Do you remember how WE responded to 9/11? Is there any reason to think foreigners are so completely different from us? Start down that road, and you’ll start thinking the torture in Abu Graibh and rights violations in Guantanamo make us safer.

  6. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, over 1 year ago

    @HOWGOZIT

    I’m sorry, but could you explain how Rodney is wrong? Unless you have some information the police may not have, where is the evidence this had anything to do with anyone overseas? Our actions since 9/11 have not proven to prevent terrorism anywhere, only increase it (Iraq did not have suicide bombers or terrorist attacks on its soil before we got involved, and they still occur today).
    This could have been much worse had it been a suicide bomber, who would have detonated when the bulk of the runners came through, the most people were at the finish line, and could have moved themselves to a place for a maximum death toll. They will probably find these were set on a timer and left perhaps a day earlier, or perhaps dropped into a trash can that morning in the middle of the crowd. It sounds amateurish compared to what an actual terrorist cell could have done, and I think they will find some loner responsible. whether they claim any religious or political reasoning is yet to be seen.

  7. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @ARodney

    So the very first thing out of YOUR mouth is “American right wing extremist”. THEN you manage a “but” it’s too soon to say.

    sad very sad.

  8. Simon_Jester

    Simon_Jester said, over 1 year ago

    @HOWGOZIT

    I will say the same thing to anyone who says this was the work of a right-wing extremist group.

  9. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Fourcrows

    Let me try it. One must WAIT until the investigation is done and the FACTS are in evidence before making accusations.

    By coming right out and speculating by placing responsibility on a generic “american right wing extremist” is wrong. Period.

    It is only to foster hate and lead others to a false premiss that it is done.

    But then that IS what Arod has proven he is good at.

  10. Kylop

    Kylop said, over 1 year ago

    @Bruce4671

    :…Let me try it. One must WAIT until the investigation is done and the FACTS are in evidence before making accusations.

    …."

    I agree with this and want to encourage this thought process.

  11. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @HOWGOZIT

    Are you going to tell us that Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols were secretly Arab Muslims?

  12. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, over 1 year ago

    Speaking AS a Bostonian, I think Benson was commenting on the tragedy and did not intend to offend. He obviously worked very fast, and I respect him for that.
    As for who did it: we don’t know yet. I REFUSE to join in the speculation either way. It’s not helpful.

  13. Simon_Jester

    Simon_Jester said, over 1 year ago

    @Bruce4671

    Does that ‘fostering hate’ line also apply to any of the righties who have jumped to the conclusion that this was the work of Muslims…or ONLY the one ones who say it was a right-wing extremist group?

    Or what about he charming folks over on the Danziger thread, who are using this tragedy as an excuse to bash Obama?

  14. Simon_Jester

    Simon_Jester said, over 1 year ago

    The only thing obvious here is that YOU’RE making claims based on nothing but your own emotions.

  15. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    “Won’t the right-wingers be surprised when the Boston Bomber is found to come from TeaPartystan.”


    it saddens me to see the constant level of hate and bitterness you exhibit on a daily basis. I have no idea what happened to cause this level of pain in you but I hope you seek help ease your misery.


    This is my greatest concern for our country, that we are so divided and locked into this partisan state that we can’t pull together as a united people. This is exactly what OBL and the other terrorists of the world want to happen. It is playing right into their plan of weakening our country and making us more vulnerable.

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