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"Who" and "why" are the questions
April 16, 2013 - Jim Smith
Once again tragedy has struck, this time leaving three dead and more than 140 injured at one of the nation's most storied marathons that sees thousands of runners passing tens of thousands of well-wishers along the streets of Boston, one of the nation's oldest cities.
Two bomb blasts about 10 seconds and 100 yards apart ripped through the crowd near the finish line, spreading injury and death among those innocent bystanders as they cheered their racers on. Racers were injured by the blast and among the dead was an eight-year-old boy.
The bombing brought back too many memories of too many other tragic events that took the lives of innocent Americans: 9-11, Oklahoma City, the first Twin Towers bombing and what seems to be a never-ending onslaught of mass shootings.
Why and who are the questions on everyone's lips today. What would anyone kill and injury so many for no apparent reason other than to kill and injury? Why, for national attention, to strike fear, to make some distorted point? Why?
And then the question becomes "who." Who would stoop so low as to bomb innocent bystanders? Who would think such actions would gain anything but contempt and hatred? Who would believe such an action would accomplish anything for them or whatever cause or group they might profess to follow?
Yes, the bombing will make people stop and think about being in large crowds, but such terrorist action will not change the nature of the populous. We will still gather at football games, conventions, races, concerts, baseball games, fairs, festivals and everywhere else we go to celebrate our traditions and heritage.
For now we will mourn our dead and injured, we will demand our investigators track down and bring to justice those who commit this devilish act and we will remember, but we cannot let the terrorist win by changing our lives or beliefs.
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