Boston, a day later

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It's hard to know what to say about the Boston Marathon bombings. Except that I don't believe the guy on the roof did it, and I don't believe the government did it to get its hand down our pants, and nobody has any idea if some organized domestic or foreign terrorist group was responsible or if it was a lone nut. Whoever it was, the person doesn't seem to have been overly sophisticated in the making of explosive devices; this one was pretty crude. Or maybe the bombmaker knew exactly what he (could be she, but there aren't many female mad bombers) was doing, and wanted to look like an amateur.

We do know this wasn't a suicide bomber. The perp wanted to get away.

I suspect we will find him soon enough. There are so many agencies and people looking for the bomber; unless this was the work of someone who remotely triggered the bombs by cell phone from somewhere far, far away, there's not going to be anywhere to hide. Also: So many cameras everywhere these days. The bomber -- or the person who placed the bombs -- is on film in downtown Boston. Almost certainly.

As we did after 9/11, we will probably over-react. New invasive rules on transport systems, more spying, more surveillance .... all things that wouldn't have prevented a single angry bomber from carrying out the attacks. People who are opposed to gun control will say: See! Gun-control laws won't stop pressure-cooker bombs!

There will be increased security at public sports events. I don't know how they're going to deal with Bay to Breakers, which not only winds through the city, past lots of places where bombs could be hidden, but also involves thousands of trash cans and porta-potties. You can't get rid of those; the people who live along the course would be livid when their front yards and driveways became trash heaps and pissoirs. Searches will be more serious at AT&T park, which means lines will be longer. We can live with that. 

If you want some perspective on what it feels like to be terrorized, check out my old friend Don Ray's blog on "the sitting duck syndrome." He notes:

The bombs that exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon have created the same response in people across the United States. The repeated blasts (repeated and repeated and repeated on television) have communicated with the primitive, “I have to survive” reptilian brains of millions of people. It has put them on notice that, “It could happen here. Today. Tomorrow. Even right now.” Welcome to the world of terrorism. It’s very effective. People in other parts of the world already know about this. So in the coming weeks and months, some of us will feel the need to carry weapons or to avoid crowds completely. Others of us will look at the violence that’s happening in distant parts of the world and maybe begin to become a little bit empathic. Maybe — just maybe — some of us will equate U.S. drones and missiles and bombs with the sitting duck, unexpected violence that is the intended byproduct of terrorists.

Not to get all foreign-policy preachy here, but that's something to think about.

Comments

This kind of thing happens in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan every day. Why aren't we all shook up about that? The only difference with Boston is that it shatters our arrogance and our illusions of invulnerability. It happened to us instead of someone else.

Why don't we get upset about those that die from texting or drunk driving here on any given day?

Why don't we get upset about those Americans that die on any given day because they couldn't afford proper health care?

Where's the outrage over those lives taken by gun violence in this country every day?(Yes,,,I ask that as a responsible gun owner that has no problem with reasonable limits, background checks and such.)

Hundreds or even thousands of children all over the planet starve to death every day. How come that doesn't piss us off?

Hey,,,I could go on like this all day. Why is the tragedy in Boston treated different than all these others? Death is Death! Zero times any number is still Zero.

So,,,what's the difference?

Posted by N.L. Eakins,,,,Iowa on Apr. 16, 2013 @ 1:26 pm

I agree with you. Yet I see that messiah Obama is going to the memorial in Boston for this thing. Of the people he's killed with drones, how many of those memorials has he attended one wonders? How many children have been killed by his drones? The last number I heard was around 40.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 16, 2013 @ 5:37 pm
Posted by Guest on Apr. 16, 2013 @ 6:31 pm

I thought that we were overpaid, lazy and entitled. Apparently we only matter when acts of violence can be used to cow people into supporting another layer of corrupt, profitable security apparatus.

Posted by marcos on Apr. 16, 2013 @ 6:55 pm
Posted by Guest on Apr. 17, 2013 @ 6:02 am

You all hate Americans until our deaths and injuries can be used to justify staking claims on more cash usually involving the wholesale killing of other people elsewhere.

Not only do you hate Americans for being overpaid and lazy, you hate everyone else around the world who resists the use of the military to secure their cheap resources for our pleasure.

You are never at fault, it is always someone else who is at fault for your failings and they must be punished.

Any empire worth its salt would be able to brush off such violence at home as the cost of doing business. Setting the tone that violence is the solution to any problem, that everyone is at fault and thus a legitimate victim of violence but you is what causes the spike in violence at home.

This is an empire of insecure pussies who can dish out violence wholesale but cringe like the chickenshits we are whenever it comes back our way.

Posted by marcos on Apr. 17, 2013 @ 7:06 am

Last I heard it was more like 180 kids. Not even counting innocent parents, grandparents,,etc,,

Posted by N.L. Eakins,,,,Iowa on Apr. 16, 2013 @ 7:26 pm

They don't feel pain like we do, remember?

Posted by marcos on Apr. 16, 2013 @ 5:47 pm

help us catch terrorists?

You're making progress.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 16, 2013 @ 1:54 pm

To have cameras spying on all of us everywhere we go. But in someplace like downtown Boston, I think it's a reality. Whether I like it or not, the cameras are there. Even without them, I think the bomber (s) will be caught soon.

Posted by tim on Apr. 16, 2013 @ 2:17 pm

not admit that their existence and use were justified, even if personally you do not like being watched?

Posted by Guest on Apr. 16, 2013 @ 2:33 pm

Oh the usual rabid right-wing Guest idiot! Being afraid of your own shadow and those "terrrrrrrrrrrrist," clearly you would live most comfortably in a dictatorship, and would be content (and I suspect encourage) the installation of cameras in your ass and vagina, if you have one. Although upon reflection, are they made that durable?

Posted by Guest on Apr. 16, 2013 @ 3:37 pm
Posted by Guest on Apr. 16, 2013 @ 4:16 pm

I wasn't joking. And I was talking about YOU specifically thick, not any "terror incident." Comprehension is indeed a very difficult task for you parasitic trolls. Smack.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 16, 2013 @ 5:40 pm

then at least some people here might understand WTF you are talking about?

Posted by Guest on Apr. 16, 2013 @ 5:48 pm

Lived in England, one day a bomb went off in what is called the square mile. A camera got the type of truck, the person who was driving the truck.

Other bombs went off over a period of time, again camera got pictures of the suspects.

Other crimes were solved due to cameras.

Posted by Garrett on Apr. 16, 2013 @ 5:27 pm

such opposition to them in this cop-hating town.

Boston, OTOH, is a cop-loving town.

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