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Another Boston Massacre for our history books

April 17, 2013
Salem News

There is something about the date April 15 that brands it - for good and bad - into the American consciousness.

For instance, the good: Jackie Robinson became baseball's first black major league baseball player, appearing in the 1947 season opener as his Brooklyn Dodgers beat the Boston Braves.

The bad: on April 15, 1865 President Abraham Lincoln died, nine hours after being shot by John Wilkes Booth. Another example: On April 15, 1912, New York City-bound RMS Titanic sank in the North Atlantic. It struck that infamous iceberg with 1,514 dying.

Then came April 15, 2013 and, if you will allow, a second Boston Massacre for our history books.

Terrorist(s) - that is the requisite term for anyone senselessly killing and maiming innocent citizens - used pressure cookers than can be had anywhere to kill three and wound more than 170 on Patriot's Day. That day is a civic holiday in Boston which annually celebrates the Battles of Lexington and Concord, fought, ironically, during the Revolutionary War which had the original Boston Massacre. Like Monday, innocent citizens were killed during that incident nearly 250 years ago.

What happened in Boston Monday should hit home with any of us. What happened in Boston could happen at any public event anywhere including in Salem or anywhere in our county or region. Terrorism comes in many shapes and terrorists come in many forms. That what is the most scariest: knowing just how vulnerable we are - including our precious children. We had local residents participating and watching the Boston Marathon on Monday. That is hitting way too close to home.

The weapons created were crude. According to reports, used were 6-liter pressure cookers placed in duffel bags. The "ammunition" which ripped body limbs off victims in carnage usually seen only in war zones, were metal shards, nails and ball bearings. You could put this newspaper down right now and during the course of an afternoon, easily accumulate - without arising much suspicion, even after Monday afternoon - like items needed to render massive harm. A doctor said that nails were sticking out of a little girl's body. How sickening is that? How cowardly is someone wanting to wreak that kind of harm on a mere child? Innocence became a casualty for many Monday amid the blood, fear, confusion and lost limbs and lives. It will probably be never recovered by our young who experienced the horror. That is tough burden to go through life with for a young person.

This is what we are dealing with even after all of the installed post 9-11 precautions and increased security measures. We will always be vulnerable. We will always flinch. We were always cautiously hold our collective breathes. We will always look over our shoulders at times. At least to a certain degree. That is the lingering residual fallout that terrorism acts provoke. The chief FBI agent in Boston vowed "we will go to the ends of the Earth" to find those responsible. That is comforting to hear. And when found how about pushing them off the end of the earth?

 
 

 

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