April 20th, 2013
09:50 PM ET

On GPS Sunday: Lessons from the Boston attack

"Fareed Zakaria GPS," Sundays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN

On GPS this Sunday at 10 a.m. and repeated at 1 p.m., a special live show with expert analysis and discussion of the lessons and implications of this week’s terrorist attack in Boston.

First, Fareed speaks with New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.

Also on the show: Stephen Flynn, founding co-director of the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security at Northeastern University, Philip Mudd, a senior research fellow at the New America Foundation, Harvard School of Public Health fellow Jessica Stern and Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens.

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  1. matslats

    Lessons
    When they say its a drill, that means it might go live.
    Anything the media says in the first days of an incident is subject to revision and the memory hole
    It's no longer necessary to read arestees their rights.
    A city can be locked down even when there is no threat.

    April 21, 2013 at 3:31 am | Reply
    • j. von hettlingen

      Unfortunately there will be more lessons to learn. It looks as if every time when a plot is foiled or a terrorist attack has taken place, it just sparks arduous debates on radicalistion, that ultimately leads to islamophobia.

      April 22, 2013 at 9:11 am | Reply
  2. Myra Froc

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    April 21, 2013 at 10:33 am | Reply
  3. bharatish

    On such occasions we try to portray US as an undefeatable nation that can withstand such attacks and retaliate and avenge the attacks. But does such posturing deter the suicidal extremists who have nothing much to lose or provoke them in doing more harm. Also we talk about how to protect ourselves from such acts of terror. These measures are expensive and unproductive over a long period of time and run counter to our ways of living. Alternatively what are the ways we can change the perception of US in the minds of these trouble makers and make US an unattractive target? One way is to defeat these people for ever or turn these people in to our allies. In the past we have turned many countries from being enemies to allies. Cannot we do same with these people? Does it help US spending some resources actively promoting it worldwide and taking the message directly to the people?

    April 21, 2013 at 10:48 am | Reply
  4. 2freeamerica

    I think its wrong to say that American's have alienated Muslims that caused them to act out in terrorist strikes. Boo Freaking who life isn't perfect and if Muslims are that shallow and week minded then they have the problems I was bullied all through school cried everyday that I had to go and deal with this and at the time is was the Mexican community that was doing this Did this make me hate Mexicans NO did I want to kill them NO. There are people that don't like Muslims so what that isn't any cause for them to say I hate all American's so i'm going to kill and if you look back all the terrorist attacks they are mostly Muslims Yea that makes everybody what to be there friends and like there religion I stay away from them because of the negative ways. i'm not racist and America isn't racist we are safe. maybe if they would stop the hate on there side we would start to warm up to them once again but you cant warm up to a religion that hates so much I've never met a nice Muslim have you? they are racist against us but I don't see American's bombing them or killing them. mostly after all they have done. so you say I cant pin point ones actions to the whole group of Muslims well they are. if one is picked on by one American they hate all Americans these two boys might say they didn't have friends but I heard couches and friends speak nothing but good about them on tv. so don't Fareed Zakaria GPS put the blame on us Americans for these two's actions.

    April 21, 2013 at 11:20 am | Reply
    • 2freeamerica

      sorry there is miss spelled words lol didn't see them

      April 21, 2013 at 11:22 am | Reply
    • Quigley

      Can you truly blame the Muslims for hating us so, 2freeamerica? I cannot. After all, we invaded Iraq in 2003 without any provocation whatsoever, invaded Afghanistan by using 9/11 as a flimsy pretext and tortured and imprisoned hundreds of purported "terrorists", most of whom just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time! So quit blaming everything on the Muslims!

      April 21, 2013 at 1:05 pm | Reply
      • joedog

        Islam is an anti-democratic cult and ergo hates all things that require clear logic.

        April 21, 2013 at 1:27 pm |
  5. Shalaka Metkar

    Just listened to your panel of intelligence experts on the Boston bombings.
    A very few percentage of people get radicalized.
    An even smaller percentage of these actually engage in violence.
    The challenge then would be to identify these individuals before they act.
    What made FBI conclude in 2011 that this individual posed no danger?
    And then again, did the questioning provoke him further to act?

    April 21, 2013 at 1:01 pm | Reply
  6. C Holland

    Replying to Fareed's comment about shutting down Boston might not have been required: If people are not on the streets causing accidents and trouble, then more officers can focus on the manhunt in Watertown.

    April 21, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Reply
  7. joedog

    Mr. Zakariah,

    Why are so many newscasters and their guests (as in your show today) still calling the Boston Bombers "kids". They were 19 and 26 year old men, when they commited this act of terror.

    April 21, 2013 at 1:25 pm | Reply
    • valeriekurka

      I agree. I see reports that are seemingly "blaming" the older brother for influencing his younger brother, but his younger brother is an intelligent person and got into college. I guess we don't know for sure, but as of now we believe that he knowingly chose to participate with his older brother and should be held responsible for his actions.

      April 21, 2013 at 6:01 pm | Reply
  8. Maynard

    Bret Stephens on the show today had the last word. He said the younger bomber should face live in Max Security or Death. I agree; however, to illustrate why he talked about having lived in Israel and having seen the result of a gruesome suicide bombing. I wonder if Mr. Stephens, who headed the Jerusalem bureau for WSJ, had ever witnessed the result of an Israeli 500 lb. bomb, errant tank or naval artillery shell or Palestinians burn victims from the infliction of White Phospherous, a la Caste Lead, where 1,400 Palestinians dies along with 14 Israeli soldiers ( 9 from friendly fire) or whether Stephens has entertained the notion that these victims' families, who are not armed with U.S. made weapons, might in desperation retaliate by walking into a cafe, laden with explosives and blow themselves up.

    April 21, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Reply
  9. Racheal

    I had to completely disagree with Jessica Stern, a featured panelist on Fareed Zakaria GPS this morning. She made several irrational comments such as pointing out that “we need to make sure that these terrorist have their voice heard.” They had their voice on Monday when they killed an 8 year old and two others and left over 170 wounded. She said that those who "glamorized" this needed to hear their regret because "a lot of times people admit regret doing what they did later." Really? I have never heard a cold blooded terrorist say they regretted it later and I doubt the media is holding back on this one. Let our justice system show people who “glamorize terrorist attacks” what happens to those who do such horrible things to Americans what “regret” looks like. Also, anyone on the panel who feels that people do this kind of thing because they are humiliated or not assimilated into America should watch the CCN interviews during the last week and hear all the people who came forward and said they were friends with the younger brother and partied with him, accepted him to their groups, thought he was “popular.” Hardly sounds like a bullied kid who couldn’t quite fit into America. Finally, I have to say the only reason I kept the program on was Wall Street Journal’s columnist Bret Stephens. A rational voice. Have him on more.

    April 21, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Reply
    • peta

      Racheal,
      I couldn't agree more.

      April 21, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Reply
  10. JK

    I was watching today and they were conversing with "experts" about how people become radicalized mentioning that often it's people who don't really fit in that search for a narrative to belong to and we especially find it with 2nd generation immigrants because they don't quite identify with their origins or with their American environment. Fareed said that "something went wrong with the assimilation process" because these two were able to radicalized.

    Now, I'm not an immigrant but I have worked with some, have quite a few friends from a variety of backgrounds, and have lived in other countries. And studies have been done about this phenomena. Firstly, "assimilation" is an antiquated term and is not and should not be the goal for immigrants (acculturation is more appropriate). Secondly, being "stuck in between" is exactly what is observed in formal studies with immigrants and was my personal experience living abroad and is the reported experience of many of my friends. Thirdly, we do hold the narrative that Americans value diversity and the freedom to express. One should never be expected to break ties with one's background simply because s/he wants to live in the US. Nothing "went wrong" because someone didn't whole heartedly buy into the narratives that are "America".

    April 21, 2013 at 6:12 pm | Reply
  11. Eno G Beedie

    American youngsters need to learn to have deep understanding of the backgrounds of their friends who are immigrants or descendants of immigrants. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev came across as a "very nice guy", "a leader" etc who succeeded in fooling everyone by being like his mates in high school and at UMASS, Dartmouth. The extent of his deceitful ways continued up to three days after the Boston marathon bombing as he was said to return to campus to continue living the lie. His friends could have been curious enough to wonder why they could not visit him at home, especially when he ask a friend to drop him not far from home.
    The age of innocence among teens should have been over long ago since terrorism arrived on the US homeland over a decade ago.I am not advocating for racial profiling in any shape or form but are all friends really our friends? Some Somali parents did not know that their sons have been travelling from the US to Somalia to fight for Al Shabbab until they found out what was happening much later.
    Vigilance should be the watch word for everyone everywhere in the world since terror attacks does not discriminate against anyone if you happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. The American spirit shone bright in this latest terrorism incident in Boston. I think American public can begin to help the security services identify her enemies within by just being vigilant and really never treating friendships at face value.

    April 21, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Reply

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