We can speculate all we want about the Boston Marathon Massacre.
Perhaps a jihadist trying to make another religious statement at the expense of the innocent. Perhaps a right-wing nut (or left wing, but that's less likely currently) making a political statement, once again using the blood of innocents to write his manifesto. Maybe, it was just somebody who wanted to kill. There are people out there like that. Since no organization has so far claimed credit, it seems less likely the work of an organized group -- those sorts of people usually like to crow about their ill-motivated murders -- than it does the work of just someone with a disturbed mind (or a small group of nuts).
The point is, however, for the first time since 9/11 we've been hit by what looks to be a terrorist attack (mass killings by bombs are terrorism, by gun-wielding crazies merely tragedies). It's been nearly 12 years since a terrorist strike in this country, which actually says quite a bit about our security. You can never stop everything, however. The list of what we know U.S. security, and occasionally some sharp-eyed citizens, have caught in the last dozen years is impressive.
But it's a sad commentary on the world we live in when the first thing we think of when we hear about an explosion is that a bomb went off. Not a natural gas leak, or a generator explosion or something "natural." We all assume it's a bomb.
Yet, as much as we want the perpetrator hung (and we're not picky about which body parts we do it from), let's not overreact, either. We can't call for an end to the marathon, or other outdoor public events. If we tighten up security more than it already is, it will just get in the way of having a "normal" life, and the bad guys win.
Spit in their face. Let them know that we can take it. That we will find them and they will pay. But we won't cower down and hide from the enjoying the world they hate. We're not going to let the bad guys win. As Roosevelt said, "we have nothing to fear but fear itself." Let's not fall prey to that error. Because living in fear is what they want, and we will simply refuse to do that.
-- Kelly Everitt