The recent bombings in Boston reminded us of the fear that people live in these days. Violence indeed exists all around the world and we are certainly not immune from it here in the US.
But no other country or organization has the power to bully such as we do (for some, the Boston bombings were only a reminder of this). And we can be sure that this power also grants us much privilege, along with relative peace, luxury, and excess. From atop our pedestal, we are too quick to point our imperialist fingers at third-world leaders and accuse them of terrorism.
As for our own policies, folks believe that the US is special, that we can do whatever we want around the world, with impunity.
War? You bet!
Torture? I mean, they're terrorists, right? They deserve it!
Drones? Don't tread on my violent video games!
Indeed, it is far too seldom that we look at US policies (both domestic and foreign) and acknowledge them for what they are: terrorism. We can feign ignorance all we want, but we can be sure that our violence abroad is not going unnoticed.