I'm looking out of my hotel window at the medical tent as I type this and
despite all ideological devisivness here there was only concer n and cooperation
on the ground in the moment. Even those not in the immediate area but stranded
because of the chaos were helped with warm clothes and cell phone sharing.
Americans can pull together the problem seems to be empathy. If it doesn't
directly effect us we seem to see the situation through the lens of ideology not
the lens of the other persons life.
Basically, "firecracker" type explosives only give off heat and damage
accordingly. There are reports that these bombs were contained in metal casings
and were packed with ball bearings. This is where the "scrapnel" came
from and where individuals thought that there were "bullet objects" in
their clothing. Thank God for the two unexploded bombs. Typically in this type
of situation, there are secondary devices designed to get the "first
responders". This could indicate that one of those in custody was unable to
use his cell phone for this purpose due to being caught.
Watch and listen. President Barack Obama vowed that those responsible will
"feel the full weight of justice…We still don't know who did this
or why…Make no mistake: We will get to the bottom of this." Why do all
Presidents sound alike? President Bush, love him or hate him, did open the gates
to violence and terror. People like his Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and VP
Dick Cheney involved the US in an ever-growing web of hatred and violence
against the US. Everyone knew it was a question of time until there would be
successful acts of violence and terror perpetrated in the US. To block these
terroristic acts, America would have to be successful or lucky every time, while
violators would have to be lucky just once, and evidently this once just
occurred, again, the original 9/11,the Benghazi 9/11, and now we must ask,
"Who did this and why?" As they say, "If you have to ask, you were
not paying attention.
Before we start blaming foreign terrorists and contemplate preemptively
attacking countries in the middle east lets consider if the date of the attack
had any signifance.What we know is that April 15th is the date
federal and state taxes need to be paid. It is also a State Holiday in Boston
called "Patriots Day" which commemorates the first battles of the
American Revolutioin, at Concord and Lexington in 1775.There are
groups in the Nation that have never accepted the fact that President Obama was
elected President. They are constantly engage in criticism of the Federal
Government both on AM talk radio and electronic message boards. Some
legislatures seem obsessed with sending "message bills" to the federal
government.My opinion is they feed on each others paranoia and
hatred of the government and events like this are a natural outgrowth of this
hatred.We do not need to look beyond our own borders for those who
perpetrated this cowardly event.
Something we can be sure about is that there have actually been many such plans
and attempts at acts of terror in our country since 9/11. We can be grateful to
the vigilance and sacrifices by the intelligence services and those in uniform
that this sort of event has been, so far, relatively rare. We can also be
grateful that of all the bombs that were planted, only two were successfully
detonated. This could have been much, much worse. My heart goes out
to those who were maimed and to the families and friends who lost loved ones and
are left behind to pick up the pieces and try to make sense of such a cowardly,
hateful and cruel act.
It is really sad that the innocent ones are sometimes the victims. The people on
that sidewalk, cheering for the final finishers of the race, had joy and
happiness in their hearts. Most of the late finishers of the marathon were
running for charities, hence all the good will and cheer. It is mind boggling to
think that a person(s) could plot such an horrific exploit. No, now is not the
time to use this as a political lectern. This is a time to reflect on the losses
some of those incurred today, a time to send them our wishes of hope and
recovery. There will be plenty of time for conspiracy theories (no shortage of
them today) and pointing fingers. It saddens me to know that there are those out
there that would use such a noble and historic venue to make a statement. I hope
they find the ones responsible and unleash hell upon them, be them Americans or
This is one of those times when you just wonder why people would choose to do
things like this. It is definitely very sad and disheartening.
@CA reader so then what is the answer throw our hands up i n the air and
do away with all laws? it is important to remember there where far
more people running to help and reaching out with their hearts then there are of
the person or small group of people that did this.
This proves a point any current or former law enforcement can tell you: if
someone makes up their mind to harm someone else there is little that can be
done to stop them. Building, planting and detonating an explosive device is
clearly against the law but someone did it not once but twice and if the
reports are correct planned to do it a few more times today in Boston.
jim in slc: there will be no peace on earth until He comes, who's right it
is to reign. and even that will be a time of great trials and tribulations,
much carnage and death.
My niece and her husband were headed to the finish line, but she got hungry so
they stopped to get something to eat. They were just a couple of blocks from the
finish line when the bombs went off.
One of the dead and several of the injured were children. Another very
sad day.I hope they find who did this--ASAP!
Let's hope the media gives us an accurate account of what happened, and not
I hope my buddy that was in the race is okay. Thoughts and prayers go out to
all involved. Pray for peace.
fuuny that so many are going after airnaut but not CB they are both shameful
God bless the victims and their families. It's a sad reminder that even in
America we are not immune to the dangers we see in so many other places in the
world. Let the law enforcement agencies do their job. The scum will be caught.
Funny how airmaut is being criticized by everyone, but CB gets a free pass.
Airnaut - would you not agree that bombs are illegal already? Did the laws of
bombs being illegal prevent this from happening? Of course not. That is the gun
advocates whole point. You can make something illegal, but those who are
criminals don't obey the laws. Therefore, a law won't matter, they
will still do it. Injuring others and killing others is also illegal. Does that
prevent violence? It is true, guns don't kill - people do.
It is very sad to see this kind of senseless violence, killing and maiming
innocent people. Until the perpetrators are found we cannot know those
responsible or the motive, so best not to rush to blame.This is an
example of the violence that other innocent people in far away lands experience
as a result of US drone strikes. If there was one terrorist in this Boston
blast that was killed, would that justify the bombing that hurt so many others?
No, it would not.Whatever became of Peace on Earth, Good will to
To airnaut:How could someone be so callous and cold as to try to
make such a terrible and horrific tragedy into some political statement?
Unbelievable! Bombs have nothing to do with the 2nd amendment debate, and this
event doesn't one thing to do with guns. None at all. Don't even try
to go there at this somber and sad occasion. Some growing up appears to be in
I continue to wonder when this will stop. People do kill people - it's not
the guns, bombs(they are held by people. It is so frightening that people get
away with maiming, killing the innocent. We certainly are in the Last Days and
there will be more to come according to the Lord. Our hearts and prayers are
offered for those who have been injured, lives taken and for those citizens that
were there to witness this heinous event.
@CB --"So much for the more peaceful, get-along with those who
already have killedthousands."Does the date April 15 ring
any bells with you?This is much more likely to be some sort of
home-grown tax-protesting crazies than anybody foreign.
airnut:Thank you for the scripted "progressive" response to
a tragedy: take shots at the 2A.Typical.
@ airnuat. Sad that you would try to turn this tragedy into a weak attempt to
mock gun control and the 2nd amendment. Please have some respect for these
This is a terrible reminder that we are living during times of hatred,
intolerance, violence, and war. It is foolish to politicize and further
polarize this event and our nation. Rather, lets come together and work to
protect America, its citizens, its constitution, our laws, our freedoms, and to
@CB and airnaut no is not the time to play petty poltics.
airnaut, I won't even pretend to understand your argument or why you even
want to politicize this in that manner. One can interpret your comment to show
that outlawing the tools used to attack and murder the unsuspecting can never
eliminate those tools. Evil originates in the hearts and minds of men and is
given life through their actions, not the inanimate tools they employ. In fact,
every one of your comments can as easily be used to promote the philosophy of
the "2nd ammendment types." Give the political drum a rest, show some
decent respect for the killed and injured and allow the investigation to provide
information before you hijack this for your own agenda.
Now is not the time to use this horrific event to make political statements
How horrific! The people who want to harm others have zero love in their lives
to do such a horrible thing! I'm shocked, saddened, and disgusted
that there would be such a "call to do malicious harm" to someone else
who has not harmed them at all.My thoughts are with those in Boston at
So much for Home Security! Will this be called a 'workplace'
happening, or even a 'terrorist attack"? So much for the more
peaceful, get-along with those who already have killed thousands. Looks
like we have a bigger problem with bombs than the 'guns" they have been
spending so much time trying to take away from the peaceful who may well
have to protect themselves when we are 'invaded".
They are going to blame the tea party for this. Just watch.
Things like this happen when America no longer leads in the world...