Our View: Another proud response to terrorism
SouthtownStar editorial April 17, 2013 10:00PM
Updated: May 19, 2013 7:41AM
We do not yet know who triggered the two explosions Monday near the finish line of the Boston Marathon or what motives drove them to act.
As of this writing Wednesday evening, authorities were looking for a man in a black jacket who was seen on security cameras talking on a cellphone and putting a black bag at the second bomb site. Police reportedly used the time stamp on the video to check calls made at the location and track down the suspect.
Considering that the shrapnel-filled bombs were designed to cause maximum injury, we can guess what sort of killers were at work. On other issues, we have no need to guess. We know that terrorists, be they domestic or foreign, who are willing to kill randomly to make a political point don’t understand us very well.
The essence of terrorist motivation is to create political unrest and emotional submission in victims and to make people, including those not directly injured or at the scene, fearful and malleable.
But while we as a nation are shocked by the Boston bombings, we, of course, won’t be defeated by them. 9/11 proved that irrevocably. But the pathetically misguided will keep on trying, insanely believing they can make Americans cower and hide.
Not gonna happen. In short, the terrorists are picking on the wrong people. They are more likely to transform us all into Good Samaritans, to unite us and bridge our differences. The immediate lessons of Boston reaffirmed that American value.
There was plenty of reason to run from the chaos of Boston’s streets, but people did not. First responders and medical professionals saved lives as they’re trained to do. We’ve come to expect heroism from them. But passersby stayed and helped, even though no one knew whether another bomb might explode at any second.
People who try to break America, especially those who don’t value human life, do not understand that about us. Our instinct is to help, even at personal risk, and to stand together in the face of tragedy. We will never be deterred by terrorist thugs.