By Gloria Rubac
Immediately after the bombings at the Boston Marathon, before any political motivation was alleged, the word terrorism began to be used by the news media. It was said that no stone would be left unturned in the hunt for the perpetrators.
Then two days later, on April 17, an explosion at a fertilizer plant in a Texas town called West left 2,800 people feeling terrorized. At least 14 residents were killed and hundreds injured. Some are still in intensive care. Homes, schools and a nursing home were destroyed.
But no one was saying that those responsible for the explosion, which obliterated much of the small farming town, would be found at any cost.
It is known that the West Fertilizer Co. stockpiled huge amounts of potentially explosive material, but U.S. and Texas governmental agencies formed to regulate fertilizer plants have seen their budgets drastically cut. While the Pentagon budget spirals upward in the interest of U.S. imperialism, it had been nearly three decades since the West Fertilizer Co. was last inspected by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration. As far back as 1985, it was fined for violating regulations on how to store ammonia.