Saturday, 20 April 2013

Boston Marathon bombing: who to blame

Boston Marathon bombing: who to blame, Terrorist - ter·ror·ist (n)

somebody who uses violence or the threat of violence, especially bombing, kidnapping, and assassination, to intimidate, often for political purposes

Terrorism - ter·ror·ism (n)

violence or the threat of violence, especially bombing, kidnapping, and assassination, carried out for political purposes

"The truth is rarely pure and never simple." - Oscar Wilde

As the search for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects continued, people began exchanging ideas, thoughts, and opinions across the social network via www. In the search for blame, words flew like shrapnel, some of them striking serious chords.

An entire city was put on lockdown today; a first time, in a long stretch of history, that this has this been done. Businesses lost money. People lost wages. The United States watched, hoped, prayed, and went from anger to sadness to joy over and over again. This is bequeathing much power to two people who were not even in their 30’s. Necessary to locate and arrest a person who was capable of heinous crimes, it sent a message, “We will stop at nothing to catch you.” Unfortunately, it also sent the message, “Commit a terroristic act, and you can stop us in our tracks.” Other messages came across the media as well, seeking the “one” to blame.

And blame the nation did. Among those who were blamed across the www:


President Obama

Gay people



Law enforcement

The media

Gun control advocates

Islamic persons


Gun registration advocates



The Middle East


We like to find out the “why” in crime, hoping it will prevent future crimes. It helps us wrap things up, put it in a package, and set it away, another “quick solve” in a microwave generation. Sometimes it does appear simple: a person sets a bomb because they hate the U.S. As criminal profiler and retired FBI agent Robert Ressler writes, “What plus how equals who” when seeking an elusive criminal. In truth, as law enforcement professionals will tell you, it is never simple.

People are mourning tonight as we celebrate the victories: for lost loved ones killed by the bombs, injured people who will never fully recover, two law enforcement officers down and one who will not go home to his family, and a family who wonders why their boys committed terrorism.

Can we make sense out of a senseless crime? Playing the blame game at this point is futile and will only create more animosity. In the days ahead of the investigation, law enforcement will hopefully find the true answer. If there is one.

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