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Expect less freedom of movement after Boston Marathon attacks
April 16, 2013 - Andrea Johnson
It isn't clear yet who's behind the horrific bomb blasts at the Boston Marathon that killed three and severely injured more than 170 people. However, speculation is rampant and that's one of the problems with our 24/7 news culture. People immediately began speculating yesterday about which group might be behind the latest atrocity. People want a satisfying explanation that fits their own prejudices and world view. In a post-9/11 country that is in its 12th year of war the most obvious explanation, especially among conservative Americans, is that radical Muslims, homegrown or imported, are responsible.
It didn't help that the New York Daily News reported within hours that that a 20-year-old Saudi national who was injured in the blast is a suspect. Maybe the Saudi is to blame; maybe he's another unfortunate soul who happened to be standing in the wrong place when the bomb went off. Not enough information has been released to determine the facts. How terrible if he turns out to be innocent and has been found guilty without trial in the court of public opinion.
People of all political persuasions are guilty of premature speculation. The other popular theory among left-wing Democrats seems to be that this is the work of right-winger Americans, perhaps of the Tea Party persuasion, who chose to attack in Boston (the site of the original Boston Tea Party) on Tax Day (also Patriots' Day in Massachusetts).
People recalled the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995, which was spearheaded by Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, allegedly in retaliation for the siege on the Weaver family at Ruby Ridge in rural Idaho in August 1992 and the siege on the Branch Davidian compound at Waco, Texas that ended violently on April 19, 1993.
Of course it could also turn out to be the work of some mentally ill, but clever, lone bomber.
At this point no one knows anything except that great evil and violence has visited the Boston marathon and, in the future, the rest of us can likely expect even greater security measures at large-scale events like this one. Whoever he or she is, the Boston marathon bomber has robbed all Americans of a little more of our freedom this week.
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