First things first. We don’t know anything. And by anything, I mean whom to blame.
All we do know at this point is two bombs went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon resulting in 2 dead (one just 8 years old) and 86 injured. Numbers that seem likely to go higher.
At a time like this, it’s easy to be reactionary and look for a responsible party. Of course, there is a responsible party, but we don’t know who that is yet, so it is wise to exercise caution in our rhetoric and our actions.
Right now there are highly talented officials at the local, state, and federal levels who are putting their all into finding out what happened and who is behind it. We should let them do their jobs and wait for further information.
On a personal note, I have been thinking for years since 9/11 that if terrorists (be they domestic or foreign) wanted to really strike fear into our hearts, they wouldn’t just aim for government buildings and skyscrapers. They would take aim at places where people congregate for fun and leisure. Shopping malls, parks, parades, etc. I guess a marathon fits that description too.
It’s important to remember that other countries live under this sort of fear and concern all the time and still find ways to go about their daily lives. Honestly, I’ve always been surprised that other than mass shootings, we haven’t been hit with anything like this since 9/11. There are so many “soft” targets in this country. We are so vast in geography with so many population centers, it is a testament to our law enforcement, intelligence, and our vigilant citizenry that there have not been more tragic events. Maybe it’s just luck. Dumb stupid ass luck. Or, maybe it’s because there are many more good people in this country than bad. There are already multiple reports of runners and pedestrians running toward the smoke before and after first responders made it to the scene. It’s certainly comforting to know that.
Regardless, we will wake up tomorrow and find a way to keep our feet moving forward. Of course, there are some in Boston who will have a hard time doing that and at least two for whom that will no longer be an option.
You know, we Americans get a bad rap sometimes. We are often thought of as shallow and selfish. Let’s face it, watch any 3 minutes of reality television and you can see why many outside as well as inside of this country would think that. But we are a resilient lot too. We have known our share of miseries, and I’m sure we will see more. More sure than I want to be.
I also know, that tomorrow, I–like you–will get up and go about my life. I expect to make plans to go to movies, concerts, baseball games, weddings and other public events. You take your chances every time you walk out the door, they say. I suspect we’ll get back to taking those chances tomorrow once more. We’ll just be carrying more weight when we do.
If you know someone in the Boston area and you wish to check on their safety, call: 617-635-4500
If you have any information that might assist in the search for the criminals behind this, call: 800-494-8477