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.
While this might be true, we have also learned that deep down inside, we are really not afraid of terrorists. On the surface, we want protection and security. While we are learning that there are always possibilities of a threat, and that fact tends to paralyze us at times, we are not going to back down from terrorism. People on the scene of the bombings ran toward those who needed help. While a second bomb went off, brave civilians were helping those who were injured, some acting without a thought for their own safety.
When a second bomb goes off, that gives the uncertainty that there could be more. While the concern of more bombs lingered, we acted. We saved lives! We protected our children. We responded to priority needs in front of us and that’s one of the greatest characteristics we share. In the face of evil, we are mainly made of good people who, deep down where it matters, are not afraid!
Another thing we learned is that we have a very swift and effective system in place. Law enforcement from top down is motivated, trained and exceptional at what they do. From watching video nonstop until they identified the suspects to tracking them down, they were on their job to successful completion. One was killed running and the other was caught hiding.
A final lesson we learned is for the law enforcement system itself. We can handle it! The people can be just as effective as you. Getting the American people the information we need helps investigations. Even though there are ignorant individuals among us who want to add false information for their own kicks, a majority of the American people wants swift justice and will do whatever it takes to bring it. So, don’t be afraid to share with us the information we need. It keeps us safer and we can help you do your job!
Over the years, it seems like these awful things just keep happening and it spreads confusion. From terrorist attacks to renegade shooters, we have no reason to believe these tragic events will ever stop. But, we know that we have prevented many more than we have witnessed. It’s a harsh reality to comprehend, especially in the face of the Boston Bombing tragedy, but we are winning the war against terror!
Michael Allen is the author of A River in the Ocean, a heartwarming father and daughter story. He has written several screenplays as well. But often, he comments on current events and gives readers a perspective they might not have thought of before.