There is so much to take away from the act of terror that took place in Boston, Massachusetts on April 15, 2013. The saddest part of these new lessons in terrorism is that it has no boundaries. An innocent eight year old boy was one of the casualties.
Neither one of the three casualties are any less significant. My heart goes out to the families of all the victims. Krystle Campbell was a 29 year old waitress from Arlington, Massachusetts. Lingzi Lu was a 23 year old student from China studying at Boston University. And Martin Richard was an 8 year old son of a marathon runner from Dorchester, Massachusetts.
Martin Richard’s death is no more significant than the others. But, it does bring to reality that terrorism has no boundaries. We, of the civil world who agree to go to war on civil terms, it may sound ironic but we do have rules. Among them, innocent civilians are supposed to be protected. But, it’s especially true with innocent children. This act of terrorism has opened our eyes that there are no rules.
But, I personally believe that the fact a child was one of the casualties is the reason no terrorist organization has claimed involvement. When we learned who the suspects were, it was reported that they had received training. It is part of the available information that they belong to a cell, and that they have received training from one of the many training camps that occupy rural territories throughout what has been reported as the Russian countryside.
I’m sure in the days to come, we’ll be able to narrow down this information to be more specific and accurate. We are just going with what we know at this point. What this teaches me is that terrorists are not only so cowardly that they would allow their rudimentary weapons of terror to endanger a child’s life, but that they won’t claim involvement like they normally do when they are proud of their accomplishment. I’m rather certain that even of the people who support terrorist activity, popularity would drop if they knew the organization they support was responsible for the death of an innocent child.
And we’ve learned so much more than that! We’ve learned some awfully frightening details, but we’ve also learned some very positive facts as well. Among the frightening details is that we don’t know who the enemy is. We can’t pick him out in a crowd. He goes to school with us. He wrestles on the wrestling team. And it appears he might even smoke pot a few times. Terrorism can blend in like the average guy next door with his baseball hat and hoodie.