Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Melani Cammett: "Violence to Innocents Is a Tie That Binds"

April 19, 2013

Melani Cammett comments in the Huffington Post about landing in Beirut just as bombs exploded in her Boston neighborhood on April 15. "The irony of the situation was hard to miss," she writes. "Here I was in Lebanon, a country that Western press reports depict as perpetually on the brink of a new civil war and that has witnessed more than its share of bombings, war, and terror."

The experience of watching terror unfold in her hometown and witnessing the fear and confusion at her own children's school made the horrors of daily violence across the Middle East all the more real. "Based on what our community in Boston has undergone, I can only begin to imagine the nightmares and terrors that families in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Afghanistan and elsewhere across the globe have experienced as violence has invaded their everyday lives. Sadly, violence to innocents is a tie that binds."