The events in Boston last week put my emotions on a roller coaster. I was mad and vengeful about the bombings at the Boston Marathon and sad and sympathetic for the victims and their families.
I stayed glued to the Internet news sites and television networks as the manhunt progressed and was riveted to my computer screen Friday as one suspect had been shot dead earlier in the morning by police and the other was eventually hunted down and captured alive.
It’s remarkable and comforting to know what our law enforcement community is capable of accomplishing. It’s hard to elude them when they are in hot pursuit. Through video and photos provided by businesses and individuals at the two bombing sites they were able to establish and identify two individuals connected to the bombing. The high profile arrest last week of a couple in Texas who murdered three people – two state prosecutors and one of their wives – is another example of exemplary police work.
What axe these guys had to grind in Boston is unclear. They moved to the Cambridge area from Chechnya over a decade ago and surely were enamored of American life. They were bright, played sports and had many friends. It appears this may be what’s described as a ‘lone wolf’ attack carried out by these two brothers and not that of a terrorist cell. But why? Chechnya has long had a grudge against the Russian government but never with America.
Which begs the question: Why would anyone want to destroy the America way of life? In this country everyone is practically free do as they please. They can practice the religion they want, vote for the political party they want, move freely as they want, say what they want. None of this is allowed in a repressive government. Until last week we could walk our streets and attend events as we wanted ... without fear of being shot or bombed. Fact is, a Muslim in this country has more freedom than one in Tehran, a Russian more than in Moscow, a Communist Chinese more than in Beijing.
I had someone tell me years ago that people would never dare overthrow the American government for fear of jeopardizing their own liberties. I’m not so sure that’s the case anymore.
My first reaction Friday was satisfaction that one of the bombers had been killed. It saved us the effort and expense of prosecuting him, right? But in truth, we need these guys alive so they can be interrogated to determine what motivated this heinous act and who else may be involved. There are many questions that need answering.
LAST PICTURE ON FILE
The picture of the Robert F. Munroe senior class reading the Herald during their trip to Breckinridge, CO is the last “Where Have You Read The Herald” feature picture (see on page 2) that we have on file. If you’ve been on vacation or visited some interesting place with your local hometown newspaper in tow, we urge you to submit it for publication