Two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, 2013, killed three people and wounded more than 170 others.
The decade old 9/11 twin tower assault seems almost like it happened yesterday; scores of other attempts to harm, to hurt Americans here and across the globe are much too fresh in our minds to evoke a sense of calm in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings. The initial reactions, fear, uncertainty, always give way and give in to anger, emotions followed closely, and almost immediately by the desire for revenge.
It was with much “noblitude” that the voice of reason, through Massachusetts Governor, Deval Patrick, urged everyone to let the process of finding the responsible work rather than the emotional finger-pointing of specific groups. Gov. Patrick was right to have anticipated and controlled such possible reaction, as emotions usually take over the crowd under similar circumstances, such as was seen after the 9/11 attack.
When people are hurt, their actions are not always logical. However, we expect much better from our government. Unfortunately, much too often, our government actions are very irrational. Kudos to Gov. Deval Patrick!
While there is no place in society (here in America or anywhere in the world) to condone the actions of any individual or group whose primary and only goal is to hurt others, let’s pause a moment, and ask a very important question:
Why us? Why America?